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  1. Chuck Benbrook
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    Thanks to my hosts and friends, new and old, that came out for my presentations in Iowa this week. This is a difficult topic to discuss and confront. The basic question that will not go away is whether the huge increase in high-risk herbicide use going on now across the Midwest will increase the frequency or severity of reproductive problems and birth defects. The science challenges are enormous but manageable. If a sufficient number of mother-infant pairs are tracked over the next few years, we will likely know by 2021 or so whether the concerns of some scientists are well founded or misplaced. Seems like a prudent thing to do, given that the health of a generation of children born across the middle 1/3 of the country is at risk.


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