In November 2015, Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU Extension, provided an educational and nutritional response to the lead contamination water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Ingesting high levels of lead is especially dangerous for children and can lead to behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, anemia, and kidney damage. MSU Extension facilitated the distribution of 12,000 gallons of milk to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan—milk can be used to mitigate the effects of lead absorption, as it is rich in iron, vitamin C, and calcium.
The water emergency in Flint remains primarily a public health crisis that is currently being addressed by the MSU Extension Team.
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