Just when we all thought that everyone finally accepted that it was “safe to go back in the water,” the infamous (non)scientist Tyrone Hayes and his anti-atrazine claims bubbled back to the surface. His outrageous claims have been dismissed by credible scientists and researchers time and again. But as we should all know by now, fact and science don’t matter when you can instill fear. Illinois Corn has worked to dispel myths about atrazine and other tools you use on your farms for years now.
2009 was the 50th anniversary of atrazine, probably the most widely-used chemical in weed killers. We also know that atrazine is the most-studied molecule, EVER, in this country. Decades of scientific evidence mean nothing, however, in the face of fear inducing claims by mad scientists like Tyrone Hayes.
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen much about atrazine, but that seems to be changing now. Just recently Hayes and his claims made it into the New Yorker, of all publications.
You can read about the absurdity of Hayes himself and the New Yorker article here.
Long story short, paranoid theories and “mad-scientist” style claims really can disrupt the regulatory processes and really can increase regulatory costs to you on the farm.
But no worries…Tyrone Hayes is pulling down $10,000 per public speaking engagement, being paid to spout off nonsense. Maybe you can send him a bill for your increased costs.