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Pesticides’ Misappropriated Destinations (Our Chemicals Predestine Our Future Pandemics)
by Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Honors I Social Ecology 1999; Ex Sociology PhD Student; University of Western Sydney)
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Once released into the environment, only with extreme difficulty and great expense can these exotic and highly toxic herbicide chemicals and their often more toxic (and all-too-often, UNKNOWN) metabolites be monitored or tracked (lab tests are expensive, and will not necessarily identify all chemical culprits). And, further, most of the herbicide chemical ultimately wastefully and dangerously passes by its target plant:
“95% – 98% of applied pesticides miss their target, reaching nearby people and wildlife, waterways, soil
and air.” (Miller G.T., 2004)
Pesticides uniformly end up elsewhere (usually where we are and beyond…) via spray drift or “volatilization drift” (Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pesticide-drift). For example:
“”Atrazine can be transported more than 1,000 km (621 miles) from the point of application via rainfall
and, as a result, contaminates otherwise pristine habitats, even in remote areas where it is not used,”
they [researchers and colleagues from the University of California Berkeley] added, citing other
“”In fact, more than a half million pounds (227 tonnes) of atrazine are precipitated in rainfall each year
in the United States”” (Fox 2010).
And, as an aside, and in terms of the invasion of habitats, it’s not just our chemicals (going on before us) spreading into pristine habitats and upsetting eco-dynamics (and this includes our pollution remotely funding pathogenic alterations: arm’s length drug/pesticide resistance waiting for a physical release, waiting for the bulldozers to come in), it’s US physically entering environments and becoming subject to CLOSETED PATHOGENS that introduce new diseases to the human race: “…this might be because we disrupt habitats and come into contact with animals we haven’t been in contact with before” (Smith quote: Jha 2013). Also: “We like to think we discover viruses, but it’s also the viruses discovering us” (Woolhouse quote: Jha 2013).
This Essay represents an extended quote from my new essay (out soon) titled: “INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION/FASCISM, PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL POLLUTION, & HUMAN HEALTH/BEHAVIOR META-IMPLICATIONS: RESEARCH CONSENSUS ON PESTICIDE MOBILITY, EXPOSURES & TOXICITY, ENVIRONMENTAL INSULTS & PANDEMIC RAMIFICATIONS (EXTINCTION POTENTIAL), INNOVATIVE NON OR LOW-TOXIC HERBICIDE ALTERNATIVES FOR PLANTATIONS & CROPS, & OUR CHILDREN”
Fox, M. 2010 [Online], “Common weedkiller turns male frogs into females”; Reuters.com; Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/03/us-weedkiller-frogs-idUSTRE6204RG20100303?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29; accessed: 31 Jan. 2014.
Jha, A. 2013 [Online], “A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?”; The Guardian; Source: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/12/deadly-disease-modern-global-epidemic; accessed: 16 Feb. 2014.
Miller, G.T. 2004, Sustaining the Earth, 6th edition. Thompson Learning, Inc. Pacific Grove, California. Chapter 9, Pages 211-216.