Monsanto sends 79 teens to hospital after cropdusting

Bioweaponry, Environment, Genetic Engineering

                    Monsanto sends 79 teens to hospital after cropdusting them with fungicide

        by  • 28Jul2013

crop duster 2By WandTV

A farm chemical accident in Champaign County [Illinois] sent 70 [correction: 79] teens to the hospital Thursday.

According to Pesotum firefighters, workers were detasseling corn in a field when a Monsanto crop-dusting plane accidentally sprayed them with chemicals. A hazardous materials crew was called to the scene to decontaminate, and the teens were rushed to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Brad Rollings of Villa Grove was at Carle checking on his 13-year-old son.

“He was in great spirits,” said Rollings. “He called and kept telling me over and over ‘I’m fine.’”

The teen workers were released to their parents. No serious injuries were reported, just skin irritation.

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Fox News reports:

The accident happened just before 8:40 a.m., Champaign County acting Deputy Fire Chief Dave Ferber said. The department’s firefighters helped decontaminate the teens with soap and water, he said.

Spokesmen for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state Bureau of Environmental Programs said the agencies are investigating the incident.

Detasselers –commonly teenagers looking for summer jobs — pull the pollinating tassels off the top of corn plants that will produce seed for future planting.

The teens were working for Team Corn, a Princeton, Ill.-based company that contracts for Monsanto, a woman who answered the company’s phone said before referring further questions to Monsanto.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the chemical was or who flew the plane.

Related:

2007: BASF and Monsanto join forces on fungicide

Agrichemical company Monsanto will help German chemicals maker BASF BASF.DEBF.N to market a pesticide in the United States, BASF said on Friday.

Monsanto will recommend BASF’s “Headline” fungicide, which hit the U.S. market in 2003, to farmers using corn and soybean seeds from Monsanto.

In 2006, about 95 percent of U.S. soybean farmers and 40 percent of corn planters used the genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed producer.

BASF says the fungicide has demonstrated average yield increases of 6 to 10 percent in field trials….

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