In recent months, awareness has spread through media outlets and campaigns explaining the crucial need to protect and save bee populations in order to preserve food sources and stop a member of the natural world from dying out. Along with this, investigations have also found that the use of insect pesticides are continuously impacting human health in a very negative way. A new study from the US Geological Survey and the University of Iowa has recently revealed that minute traces of neonicotinoid chemicals have been found in some drinking water in the US.
The study, which was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, involved researchers taking samples from two water treatment plants in Iowa. Due to the traces that were found being reasonably small, ranging from 0.24 to 57.3 nanograms per litre, they were therefore not able to be removed from the drinking water, even after being passed through the facilities’ carbon filtration systems. Scientists are currently unsure whether the small amount of residue could impact human health, and the Environmental Protection Agency has not yet set any regulatory limits on the use of these substances. Although past studies have found that the residue has a low rate of adverse health effects for humans, these tests were conducted based on brief exposure to high concentrations of neonicotinoids. Therefore, it can become worrying if a human is consuming, and therefore being exposed to, the pesticide on a regular basis through the drinking water.
More research is now needed to investigate the potential implications of consuming the substance. However, as Donald Trump and his cabinet are attempting to loosen regulations on industries that pollute the environment and halting critical environmental research, this will not be a priority at the moment. This means that it could be a few years before it is known for certain whether low levels of neonicotinoids are harmful to human health or not, meanwhile they still remain present in drinking water.
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