Friday, March 03, 2006

Pesticides, Herbicides and safety

The United States Geological Survey, USGS, has conducted tests of the water quality of rivers and streams all across the nation. Not surprisingly, trace amounts of pesticides and herbicides were found in each of these bodies of water.
About half of the shallow water tables have been contaminated and the contaminants were detected in all fish. A spokesperson for Beyondpesticide claims that the US uses every year over a billion pounds of these deadly chemical compounds.
No one is currently worried about these findings because none of the compounds is found in any concentrations that pause a human safety risk. Again as expected, this was the point that was emphasized by CropLife, the association that represents all the pesticide and herbicide manufacturers. What is we find out that our original estimates of the safety standards were lax? Why can't we ever learn that there is nothing that can be thrown away, everything is connected to everything else. I imagine that these are the risks that we feel that we must take if we are to feed the 6.5 billions of us. It is a vicious circle isn't it?

9 comments:

Senkevitch said...

With pesticides contaminating our drinking water, and overpopulation and consumption draining our drinking water, surely humans are begging for a war for resources, and surely the outcome is going to be that every species loses.
I think you might have mentioned a statistic in class that projected 2/3 of the world's population will not have access to drinkable water in the year 2030. Somehow I feel that those numbers are a bit optimistic.

But, hey, war is the force that gives us meaning, right?

Perhaps environmentalist should wage war in honor of natural capital against gluttonous consumers and exploiters.

Frank Marchese said...

This is one of biggest problem plagueing natural aquatic ecosystems. This land run off is the main source of over nitrification which can lead to a breeding ground for harmful anaerobic bacteria. This bacteria is extremely harmful to all forms of life. Also isnt this article taken from a very anthropocentric point of view? I feel like it is saying "If it is not effecting Humans YET who cares"

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