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Farming / Pesticides and Overuse #55319

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 22, 1978
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(Studio) Congress consideration of laws to make it easier for farmers to use new pesticides on crops noted. Farmers' discoveries that some old pesticides are being overused reported.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Lafayette, IN) Corn root beetle and pesticide mfrs.' attempts to sell pesticides to kill it given as example of classic case of possible overkill. Some scientists' theories about unnecessary application of pesticides outlined. Concerns of Purdue University entomologist Dr. Tom Turpin that insects will become incringly. resistant to insecticides noted. [TURPIN - says application of insecticides after pests have become immune to it will do no good.] 1946 newsreel film praising spraying of DDT as pesticide shown; DDT ban in 1972 mentioned. [Farmer Don MYERS - thinks that longer farmers can control own processes and envts. longer it will be before fed. government gives them regulations controlling it.] Myers' use of insect scouts to determine need for spraying stated. [MEN - discuss need for spraying.]
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Robinson, Max

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