> I am studying the possible effects of various herbicides and pesticides on
> avian species as well as their role in autoimmune disorders in humans.
> Lancaster PA has had an outbreak of Avian Influenza(two separate types) in
> chickens two years in a row. This is highly unusual and coincides with the
> use of acrobat MZ on blue mold in tobacco. This is a restricted use
> product not approved for general use and there is little information on it.
> In order to get product information one must supply your zip code and
> verify one raises an affected crop (tobacco or potatoes).
> Can anyone give me product information beyond the chemical name which is
> available on the EPA site? None of the tests listed on the EPA site for
> this product were for immuno suppression or changes in energy production
> (ATP) or utilization. Nor was the effect on the second generation ever
> If you live near the affected area, know someone who raises chickens in
> this area, or have information on this fungicide, please respond.
I got some info from the tobacco people here in Lancaster County:
While it is true that Lancaster has had two outbreaks or more of AI during
the past two years, it is not true that Acrobat MZ was used. Acrobat had
no use in Lancaster during the 1996 growing season and very little use
during the 1997 growing season. In 1996 the only Blue Mold in the county
came so late in the season, tobacco harvest was almost completed everywhere
in the county.
Here's a site that will give some info on Acrobat:
-- "New Generation Cropping Systems": the cutting edge of sustainable agriculture http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com Steve Groff Cedar Meadow Farm 679 Hilldale Rd Holtwood PA 17532 USA Ph. 717-284-5152
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