Pesticides polluting our water

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Pesticides in farming are leeching into bodies of water, bodies of water such as ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans. pesticides can also stay in soil and water for years. pesticides can kill many things in the water like beneficial soil bacteria, earthworms, snails, frogs, fish and other valuable species. it also affects peoples ability to hunt and fish because the animals you would hunt or fish are sick.

This is an issue in the indigenous community but not only in indigenous communities. It affects all communities because the pesticides can pollute drinking water especially in Northern Indigenous communities. It can also affect fish and other animals that many people hunt. It affects the indigenous views of sustainability because with the polluted water and sick animals it may be a huge liability to future indigenous communities being able to have safe water and food.

The people who are responsible for the pesticides are the farmers that used them and the government for allowing it. Some of the short-term effects of using pesticides are stinging eyes, poisoning, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and death. some of the long term effects of pesticides include cancer causing (carcinogens), fertility issues, lower numbers of animals, and less safe drinking water without treatment.

There are other ecosystems affected by pesticides leaching into bodies of water like forest ecosystems, the plains ecosystems. Contamination of plants, animals, and useful minerals for plants, animals and humans.

Resources:

https://www.peelregion.ca/health/topics/pesticides/why-reduce/why-reduce4.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/30/canada-first-nations-justin-trudeau-drinking-waterhttps://www.pesticidereform.org/pesticides-human-

health/#:~:text=Pesticides%20can%20cause%20short%2Dterm,%2C%20dizziness%2C%20diarrhea%20and%20death