(note: abridged excerpt from abstract of research paper at: purdeyenvironment.com)
Elevated silver, barium and strontium in antlers, vegetation and soils sourced from CWD cluster areas
High Barn Farm, Elworthy, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3PX, UK
Received 20 January 2004; accepted 13 February 2004
Health Science Journal
Summary High levels of Silver (Ag), Barium (Ba) and Strontium (Sr) and low levels of copper (Cu) have been measured in the antlers, soils and pastures of the deer that are thriving in the chronic wasting disease (CWD) cluster zones in North America in relation to the areas where CWD and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) have not been reported.
The elevations of Ag (silver), Ba (barium) and Sr (strontium) were thought to originate from both natural geochemical and artificial pollutant sources – stemming from the common practise of aerial spraying with ‘cloud seeding’ Ag or Ba crystal nuclei for rain making in these drought prone areas of North America, the atmospheric spraying with Ba (barium) based aerosols for enhancing/refracting radar and radio signal communications as well as the spreading of waste Ba (barium) drilling mud from the local oil/gas well industry across pastureland.
These metals have subsequently bioconcentrated up the food chain and into the mammals who are dependent upon the local ecosystems.