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Farm moves into NIH's 'ToxTown'

Agriculture.com Staff 01/30/2006 @ 3:51pm

A farmer is the newest resident of "Tox Town," a Web site that highlights environmental health risks and toxic chemicals people encounter in their everyday lives. The site, created by the National Institutes of Health, is targeted toward students and educators high school-level and above. Site visitors can now explore a farm to learn about health issues related to agricultural waste, drinking water quality, air pollution, pests, and farm animals.

"Farms share many of the same environmental health concerns found anywhere in the U.S., but they also have unique concerns and issues, such as exposure to hazardous agricultural chemicals and toxic gases from animal waste," the organization said in a release announcing the site.

New locations to explore on the farm are farm buildings, feeding operations, landfills, agricultural runoff, farm animals, farm ponds, meat processing, tree farming and logging, off-road vehicles, and nearby urban sprawl.

Tox Town uses a multi-media approach to teach about the connections between chemicals, the environment and public health. The site is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Visit the site at http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

A farmer is the newest resident of "Tox Town," a Web site that highlights environmental health risks and toxic chemicals people encounter in their everyday lives. The site, created by the National Institutes of Health, is targeted toward students and educators high school-level and above. Site visitors can now explore a farm to learn about health issues related to agricultural waste, drinking water quality, air pollution, pests, and farm animals.

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