Alachlor is a chloroacetanilide herbicide. It is a carcinogen, ground water contaminant, developmental or reproductive toxin, and a suspected endocrine disruptor. Pesticide Action Network lists it as a Bad Actor pesticide. In California, alachlor is most commonly used on corn and beans. It causes slight acute toxicity. Alachlor is made by Monsanto and sold under the trade name Lasso.
Pollution of Waterways
According to a 1999 U.S. Geological Survey publication, alachlor was among the top herbicides found in streams in agricultural areas. However, in shallow groundwater in agricultural areas, it is more common to find breakdown products of alachlor than finding alachlor itself.
Resources and Articles
Related SourceWatch Pages
- Alachlor, Pesticide Info Database, Pesticide Action Network, Accessed September 29, 2011.
- Different pesticides dominate in different land-use areas, U.S. Geological Survey, Circular 1225, Accessed September 29, 2011.