The Question

"Are the sunflower's (Helianthus annuus) remediating properties powerful
and efficient enough for the use in the cleanup of perchlorate?

    The more we advance in technology, the more we distance ourselves with nature. Recent disasters like the Japan nuclear outbreak inflicted scars upon our planet. The scary thing is, we can do a lot worse.

    I recalled an article I read from the Los Angeles Times in 2011: multiple water sources were closed due to the presence of the molecule perchlorate. A chemical originally used in rocket and space propulsion, the water-soluble material works its way into the ecosystem and causes health concerns as it builds. This also leads to runoff and environmental problems. In 2007 and 2011, state and federal agencies regulated perchlorate, but they still allow a trace amount in our water. Some sources have over 200x the legal amount.

   Sunflowers have the unique ability to adapt and survive in a variety of situations. Weed-like, they absorb a plethora of mineral ions through their root cells. Due to this accumulating ability, sunflowers have been used to remove a variety of deadly metals and radioactive materials from the soil.

     This led me to think; perhaps we can use sunflowers to naturally remove perchlorate from our community. Research has already proven the use of this plant for radiation and metals. Why not this toxin? California needs a radical plan fast; this chemical has been found in over 100 sources in the state alone... every year from 1997 onwards.