Pesticide Control

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Demand for Tighter Pesticide Controls

The case for stricter government controls over the production and use of pesticides was given dramatic emphasis by a recent finding of the U.S. Public Health Service that endrin, an insecticide widely used in the South to protect cotton and sugar cane crops, had been responsible for the death of millions of fish in the lower Mississippi basin. The report raised new fears about the effects of widespread use of pesticides not only on the mortality of fish and wildlife but also on the health of man.

The fish-kill finding, made public last March, had other repercussions: It set in motion a new phase of a year-long Senate investigation of environmental contamination under the leadership of Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff (D ...

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