How Water Also Reflects Our Mistakes

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How Water Also Reflects Our Mistakes

Unfortunately, it’s not just the soil and air that have been affected by our chemical contamination.

Currently, 60% of the fresh water in the U.S. is used for agricultural purposes.

And when it’s used for chemical agriculture, which is by far the majority, all those chemicals leach through the soil and into the waterways and wells to poison our drinking water, our rivers and streams, our bays and oceans, and, ultimately, all of us.

Agricultural chemicals currently account for approximately two-thirds of all water pollution.

According to an article in the journal Science, marine “dead zones” – areas in which fish, plankton, crustaceans, and other ocean life can’t survive – have been doubling in size every 10 years since 1960.

Sea life in these dead zones experience hypoxia, literally suffocating because the water is starved of oxygen.

Water is the ultimate recycled product.

It rains, the plants drink the water, the soil cleans the water, people dig wells and drink the water, and it rains again.

The water we drink every day (even if it says it come from Fiji or the Evian Mountains in France) has followed this cycle through the earth, humans and animals, and plants an infinite number of times.

We rely on natural processes to clean the water.

But neither nature nor our high-tech water filters can remove all the toxic chemicals from water.

They build up and linger for a long, long time.

And they have the potential to poison us.

It’s been estimated it would take an immediate 45% reduction in the amount of agricultural chemicals applied to our soils to have any impact at all on slowing the growth of the dead zones in our coastal waters.

Without major global governmental involvement and an outright ban on chemicals however, a 45% reduction is unlikely.

An increasing source of concern regarding water is the drugs we use, many of which are made by the same companies making agricultural chemicals.

We’re trapped in a cycle called the “chemical death spiral.”

The majority of research funding is being spent to find miracle cures rather than preventing disease.

Yet in many cases the same people benefiting from selling those “cures” are also contributing to causing those diseases in the first place.

Add to that our willingness to pay for a cure rather than change our unhealthy behaviors and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Arsenic is a prime example.

It’s still used extensively in farming as a pesticide.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the safe limit in drinking water wells at 10 parts per billion (ppb), but in many areas around the U.S., levels range from 50-90 ppb.

In some Asian countries, the levels exceed 3,000 ppb.

In a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, mice given water containing 100 ppb of arsenic had much more serious upper respiratory symptoms when exposed to the swine flu virus than those mice who had clean drinking water.

The same study linked chronic low-level exposure to arsenic to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and reproductive and developmental defects.

It was also the poison of choice for murderers in the days before forensic science became available.

Going back to asthma, there’s no cause widely accepted by the medical community.

Asthma killed 3,613 people in 2006.

Many studies show a link between urban living, chemicals, pollution, and other environmental factors.

The Agricultural Health Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has been studying agricultural workers’ health issues in Iowa and North Carolina since 1994.

A 2008 newsletter to participants points out a need for more in-depth study on lung health of farmers because research shows farmers and their families may be more likely than the general population to have asthma and other respiratory problems.

The article notes, interestingly, that in general, women who grow up on farms are less likely to have asthma than women who don’t grow up on farms.

But, if they applied chemicals, they report more allergic asthma than others in the group.

Meanwhile asthma rates increase as the synthetic-chemical agriculture that destroys the soil’s ability to function proliferates globally.

And it gets harder and harder to breathe.

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