A Blight That's Eating Away At Du Pont

Shirley J. Smith worried about her family's bouts with ill health. There were the near-constant nosebleeds suffered by her 10-year-old son. She and her 18-year-old daughter were both diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. And both Shirley, 40, and her husband, Randall, 43, had to have polyps removed from their colons last year. But it wasn't until the North Fort Myers (Fla.) nursery owner started talking with other Florida growers who had experienced similar health problems that she began to identify a suspect: a fungicide called Benlate.

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