Science: Selenium Poisoning

The U. S. Department of Agriculture, which showers meticulous bulletins on the Press about most of its doings, is inclined to silence and anonymity when it grapples with plant ailments that might be harmful to human consumers. For many months the Department has been trying to find out why, in a few arid regions of the Southwest, wheat, corn and alfalfa are sickly, and why cattle fed solely on this sickly fodder are puny and short-lived. The Department did not like to hear ranchmen blame "alkali disease," because during the last century alkali...

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