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Posted Sat Aug 20 2011: from Greenwire:
Presidential Candidate Perry Championed Pesticides, Torpedoed Regs as Texas Ag Chief
As the harvest season approached in 1995, Texas cotton farmers had a boll weevil problem... Then-Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry had a solution. The Republican urged the cotton farmers to buy into a program to eradicate the pests using 250,000 gallons of the pesticide malathion. It didn't go as planned. Malathion may have gotten rid of the boll weevils, but it also killed beneficial insects that helped keep the crop free of cotton-eating beet armyworms that invaded. As a result, the valley yielded 54,000 bales of cotton -- a far cry from the projected 450,000 bales. According to some estimates, malathion cost cotton growers $140 million in crop losses and put them $9 million in debt to the eradication program.
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'Doc Jim says:
Sounds like the perfect leader for the most profligate nation on earth!
Rick Perry: Climate change denier, lover of pesticides. He's the life of the Tea Party.

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