What is Carbofuran?

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011 05:32PM CDT
Carbofuran is an insecticide used to control beetles, nematodes, and rootworm on crops like alfalfa, rice, corn, grapes, etc. Like other insecticides, Carbofuran enters surface-water as a result of runoff, and enters underground-water by leaching - that's when water from rain, irrigation, or other sources flows through the soil, dissolves the chemicals in it, and carries them down into the groundwater that supplies wells and springs.

Short-term exposure to Carbofuran can cause:

Chest pains
Blurred vision
Muscular weakness
Long-term exposure to Carbofuran can cause damage to the nervous and reproductive systems.

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