The Use Of Pesticides And Fertilizers On Farms Essay

1019 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
No one really pays attention to that one receipt they drop or soda can they throw out of his or her car. Add that one piece of trash to each person in the world and it adds up to an estimated 7.4 billion pieces of trash. Most of that garbage ends up in the rivers, lakes, and oceans. The pollution that ends up in the waters and on the beaches affects everyone and everything from animal life to recreation on the beach and even business around those areas. Humans have made it hard for animal life to live peacefully as they are supposed to. Litter in the world’s oceans comes from many sources, including containers that fall off ships during storms, trash that washes off city streets into rivers that lead into the sea, and waste from landfills that blows into streams or directly into the ocean. Once in the ocean, this debris may degrade slowly and persist for years, traveling the currents, accumulating in large patches and washing up on beaches (Funds). Use of pesticides and fertilizers on farms has increased by 26-fold over the past 50 years, fueling increases in crop production globally. But there have been serious environmental consequences. Indiscriminate pesticide and fertilizer application may pollute nearby land and water, and chemicals may wash into nearby streams, waterways and groundwater when it rains. Pesticides can kill non-target organisms, including beneficial insects, soil bacteria and fish. Fertilizers are not directly toxic, but their presence can alter the…

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