Despite being some of the most dangerous commercially-used chemicals known to man, pesticides are being spread on crops and fields with reckless abandon. Not only does the use of pesticides put people and the environment at risk, improper disposal can also have diastrous effects on wildlife.
CBC News recently reported that Canadian fishermen are furious that a pesticide normally used for agriculture somehow ended up in the Bay of Fundy and may have contributed to the death of hundreds of lobsters.
The Bay of Fundy is known as the home of the best-tasting lobster in the world, but that reputation might be in danger if authorities can’t figure out why the lobsters are dying in alarming numbers.
Mass lobster deaths have occurred in three sites across the bay and have been linked to an agricultural pesticide, Cypermethrin, which is illegal to use in marine environments and toxic to lobsters (CBC).
Many people are unaware of just how easy it is for agricultural pesticides to become part of the food or even water supply in their area. It is even more disturbing to consider that even though pesticides are hazardous to human health and the environment, these pervasive chemicals are aggressively promoted by multinational corporations, government agencies, and other players in a more than $35 billion a year industry.
Earlier this month the Center for Biological Diversity informed the U.S. EPA that it intends to sue the agency for failing to adequately evaluate and regulate nearly 400 pesticides harmful to hundreds of endangered species across the country as well as human beings. And activitsts are demanding an investigation of the possible link between occupational pesticides and Parkinson’s disease.
To provide consumers with current, accurate information about the dangerous pesticides that are present on the foods we eat every day, the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) recently released the What’s On My Food? app for the iPhone.
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