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Fire Ants #283473

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Apr 03, 1982
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Houston, Mississippi) Controversy surrounding eradication of fire ant infestation in south United States examined. [Gene LANDINGHAM - notes extent of infestation.] [Texas agriculture commissioner Reagan BROWN - comments on spread of insects.] Origin of fire ant's presence in region recalled. Role of pesticide myrex in ant's eradication mentioned; current controversy over use of pesticide ferramacide examined. [Law professor Tom McGARITY - opposes ferramacide.] McGarity's role in taking myrex off market explained; ferramacide noted myrex in biodegradable form. [Earl ALLEY - admits myrex is active ingredient in new pesticide.] Pol. aspect of battle over ferramacide explained. [Representative Jamie WHITTEN - favors ferramacide.] Role of federal funding of myrex program recalled. [National Audubon Society spokesperson Maureen HINKEL - notes amount of money involved; compares situation to Vietnam.] [Univ. Florida research scientist Jerry STIMAC - notes that myrex actually helped spread of fire ants.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews

Andrews, Wyatt;
Jones, Phil

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