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Nitrates leached into groundwater may be associated with the following: (1) methemoglobinemia (blue baby) in humans and other mammals; (2)cardiovascular collapse and shock in horses; (3) possibility of cancer (EPA); and (4) eutrophication of water bodies (IFIA) when nitrate contaminated groundwater reaches surface water through wells or springs. Nitrate leaching is not only a possible source of environmental damage but also the loss of an input before it is used in production.


This publication is estimated to have been produced in 1999 but the exact date is unknown.

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