My latest HND piece takes a look at an unexpected benefit coming from the herbicide mesotrione, used on corn. Ag scientists have found that corn treated with this chemical shows increased carotenoid levels.
The article also tries to make some sense of the term "sustainable agriculture," while exposing the fraud who coined it.
We quote the researcher who came up with the herbicide finding:
"The exact mechanisms of these increases are still unclear and warrant further study. However, results further emphasize the ability to enhance valuable phytochemicals in crop plants through careful management of cultural growing practices."