Herpetologist and atrazine researcher Tyrone Hayes in a 2002 photo. (Peg Skorpinski/UC Berkeley)The EPA is re-evaluating the safety of atrazine, one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States, and indeed the world. Several groups in the science and farming communities have called for its review over mounting evidence of its environmental and human health hazards, despite the whitewash it received under the Bush administration. The defenders of atrazine claim that it is indispensable in growing corn in the Midwest; I've written about the economics of an atrazine ban here. In the debate surrounding atrazine -- Syngenta, the …
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Frank Ackerman is a senior economist at Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass. He is also a founding member of Economics for Equity and the Environment.