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  • Learn About Pesticides in Foods
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Soils - Pesticides in

also see pesticide drift/research

New evidence of pesticides in Calgary air, soil  (Bridget Brown, CTV Calgary,  June 10, 2015)   'An environmental testing facility has found pesticides that are expected to dissipate in a matter of days persisting in Calgary’s soil and air for months after lawn and garden season has ended.2,4 D is supposed to have a half-life in the order of two weeks,” he says, “and the last application of 2,4D would be the previous fall. and yet in April, we find it.”'  The team also found  atrazine and Dicamba. 'The amount of Dicamba exceeded provincially regulated safe levels.'    SNAP COMMENT: I hope the lab is still in business and the scientist still employed!

Pesticides found in more than 80% of tested European soils   (PhysOrg,January 18, 2019, CORDIS)    'Pesticide residues were found in 83% of the analysed agricultural soils in 166 different pesticide combinations. The most common mixtures detected at the highest concentrations were the controversial weedkiller glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid, followed by the commonly used pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (banned in the EU in 1986), and the broad-spectrum fungicides boscalidepoxiconazole and tebuconazole'  'We are increasingly seeing the negative side of chemically intensive system of food production. Today, 2,000 pesticides with 500 chemical substances are being used in Europe. However, data on how such substances affect soil quality is incomplete and fragmented, and fails to clearly reflect their overall impact on soil systems and human health.'

Multiple Pesticide Residues in Soil Raise Alarm (Beyond Pesticides, November 30, 2018)   A pan-European study. 'A study published this month in Science of the Total Environmenreveals numerous pesticide residues persisting in soil, harming the viability of agricultural lands and increasing risk of off-site contamination...Samples were then analyzed for the concentration of 76 pesticide residues. These 76 pesticides were selected as being most often applied on conventional crops. Eighty-three percent of samples contained varying degrees of pesticide residues, with 25 percent showing one pesticide residue and 58 percent showing mixtures of two or more. Only 17 percent of the tested soils had no pesticide residues detected. More residues detected inhe northern, eastern and western EU regions. Glyphosate was the most widely detected.'  SNAP comment: If anone bothered to look t agricultural soils n Saskatchewan or Canada, widespread soil contamination would be found too. We already know glyphosate and is by-product AMPA persist in our northern soils.