Does Your Tap Water Taste Like Fertilizer?
In an unprecedented analysis of 20 million drinking water quality tests performed by water utilities between 2004 and 2009, EWG found that water suppliers had detected a total of 316 contaminants in water delivered to the public. The pollutants detected included 202 chemicals that have no mandatory safety standards for tap water, which were found in water supplied to approximately 132 million people in 9,454 communities across the country. These unregulated chemicals include the weed killer metolachlor.
EWG's analysis also revealed a total 97 agricultural pollutants, including pesticides and contaminants from fertilizer- and manure-laden runoff, in our nation's drinking water. Big Ag apologists, however, continue to distract consumers from the threat that excessive fertilizer and pesticide use pose to human health and the environment. Here's hoping that these results get people thinking about what the factory farming culture is doing to our food, water and our bodies.