A report has found worrying levels of 27 pesticides in 1,400 towns across Brazil.
Around the world, all sorts of dangerous chemicals are turning up in water supplies. In the United States, a study published in 2018 found that water treatment plants taking discharges from pharmaceutical companies are putting particularly high concentrations of drugs into the water supply. The drugs found included anti-histamines, diabetic medication, muscle relaxants, blood pressure drugs, insomnia drugs, anti-seizure medications, and anti-inflammatories.
A study from Australia recently found almost 70 different pharmaceutical drugs in insects and spiders in rivers around Melbourne. Commenting on the finding, the researchers expressed concern that trout and other predators which feed on the bugs are being exposed to daily doses of some drugs, such as antidepressants, that are up to half of those prescribed to humans. The study added to growing evidence that, at the global level, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries are having a dangerous impact on food chains, water supplies, and the environment.
To learn about the crucial role clean water plays in maintaining our health, see this article by Mirja Holtrop.
To learn about the ‘Free Water for All’ campaign, visit the Movement of Life website.