Ag-Mart used 18 pesticides on its North Carolina tomatoes during the 2004-2005 growing season, when N.C. Agriculture Department inspectors found hundreds of violations of state pesticide law. The Environmental Protection Agency labels several of them as Class 1, among the most dangerous to humans and the environment. They are:
Brand name: MBC Soil Fumigant
Uses: Injected into soil to kill insects, weeds, rodents, diseases and nematodes.
Possible health effects: Headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, chest and abdominal pain, irritated eyes, nose and throat. Higher exposure levels can cause slurred speech, temporary blindness, confusion, hemorrhaging, convulsions and kidney damage.
Brand name: Gramoxone Max
Uses: Weed control
Possible health effects: Skin and eye irritation, excitability, and respiratory problems
Brand name: Champion Wettable Powder and Kocide 101 Fungicide/ Bactericide
Uses: Kills fungus
Possible health effects: Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. In severe cases, jaundice, enlarged liver and shock.
Brand name: Monitor 4 Liquid Insecticide
Uses: Insect and worm control
Possible health effects: Wheezing, headache, blurred vision and runny nose. Higher exposure levels can cause weakness, shakiness, tightness in the chest, sweating, confusion, changes in heart rate, convulsions and coma. Linked to reduced sperm count and sperm viability.
Brand name: OxiDate
Uses: Controls fungus, weeds and rodents
Possible health effects: Cough, dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, skin burns, blurred vision.
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