How do pesticides affect our wildlife and environment? The deer that runs through the woods, the majestic eagle that soars above the earth, the fish that swim through our streams and oceans are all part of the beautiful creations that God has made. They all play an important role in the ecological balance of nature. One animal controls the over-population of another animal that can be a nuisance, but that is all in Mother Nature’s plan. Sadly that balance has been threatened by God’s greatest creation and that is Man who has made some bad choices and destroyed that delicate balance!
From the pesticides and the toxins that have polluted our streams and oceans, the birds and many animals have been polluted and literally been murdered by Mans’ chemicals. The manufacturers of pesticides have in the past created products that, in the late 1950’s almost completely destroyed entire populations of birds and still today the secondary poisoning dangers to animals, humans, and all wildlife still pose a great danger to poisoning from toxic synthetic chemicals. We are all threatened by the toxicological threat of these synthetic chemicals. Today more than 1 billion pounds of toxic synthetic chemical pesticides are poisoning every living creature in the U.S.
Pesticide residues have also been found in rain and groundwater. Studies by the UK government showed that pesticide concentrations exceeded those allowable for drinking water in some samples of river water and groundwater. Many of the chemicals used in pesticides are persistent soil contaminants, whose impact may endure for decades and adversely affect soil conservation. The use of pesticides decreases the general biodiversity in the soil.
Let me explain this so that is makes more sense to you –The environmental impact of pesticides is often greater than what is intended by those who use them. Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including non target species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food. When toxic chemical pesticides are used in and around our houses, on our lawns, in production sites, or a farmer sprays his fields with chemicals, a chain reaction starts. It contaminates land and water. The pesticide leaches into the soil and ultimately finds its way into the waterways (our streams, lakes, and creeks). Plankton and other microscopic creatures filter the water for food. Small fish eat the plankton and man, bird, or another fish eats the smaller fish. Another animal or predator eats the bird, its waste products fertilize plants, a deer may eat the plant and human eats the deer. The chain reaction starts from the smallest and evidently ends up affecting the highest form of life – Man!
Another less complicated way animals may be poisoned by pesticide residues or cause the ecological imbalance in nature is when wild animals enter sprayed fields or nearby areas shortly after spraying and eat the grass or other foods that is part of their diet. Widespread application of pesticides can also eliminate food sources that certain types of animals need, causing the animals to relocate, change their diet, or starve.
In the United States, pesticides were found to pollute every stream and over 90% of wells sampled in a study by the US Geological Survey. No living organism is spared from the poison that Man has caused.
Ironically since man as caused this toxicity, Man is also the only ones that can stop this pollution and toxic chemicals from entering our bodies and our environment. We each need to do our parts by changing what we do and how we do it. We need to protect our wildlife which will preserve our own existence and health. We need to demand that these toxic chemical pesticides be stopped. The sad fact is that there are other very safe and effect ways of controlling insects and pests that are economically feasible and extremely safe. These are botanical safe organic pest control and do not contaminate our environment. The one product that I can personally recommend is AlwaysEco Safe Natural Pest Control. Click her to check this out or to order!
Marla Gates is the owner of organic4greenlivings.com. Marla worked for over 10 years in healthcare, which helped her understand the dramatic need for changes in our society and how we view what healthy actually is. Her mission is education and awareness, so that people can make healthier choices and ensure a safe world for all of us to live in. Since she has suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), for 20 years or more it has given her the first-hand knowledge on what chemicals and pollution can do to your health. She knows how important it is to clean up our environment. So come join her, read her blog and learn how to live healthy and green. She believes that we can clean up our environment, but it will take time. Please join her in “Saving Our Planet Earth” “Go Green” & “Organic” to Live A Healthier Life!