WASTE ISSUES

How soil pollution affects wildlife

How do we pollute the soil?

Types of earth pollution are divided into natural and anthropogenic.

The first arise without human intervention as a result of biological processes. In this case, the soil receives pollutants from other natural environment. For example, in the weathering of mountains, volcanoes, rainfall, sediments from the rivers.

Anthropogenic pollution occurs as a result of human activities. People pollute the soil with household waste, pesticides and fertilizers, heavy metals and exhaust gases.

Annually
25 000 000
people get sick due to the excessive consumption of pesticides

Three dangerous metals

Heavy metals get into the soil from industrial enterprises. For example, the metallurgical industry is accompanied by the discharge of heavy metals salts,and engineering produces cyanides, arsenic and beryllium compounds. Lead, mercury and cadmium are the three most dangerous metals. Heavy metal pollution is dangerous because it accumulates in the bodies of humans and animals.

The growing number of vehicles increases emissions of nitrogen oxides, lead, and hydrocarbon. Once in the soil, these substances are involved in the cycle, which is associated with the food chain.

World Health Organization statistics

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, every year 25 million people fall ill due to excessive amounts of pesticides. About 500,000 humans are poisoned by these chemicals annually. 10% of people poisoned with pesticides die, and many of the survivors remain disabled or acquire chronic diseases.

People acquire pulmonary and bronchial diseases, liver disease (toxic hepatitis), diseases of the nervous system, their hormonal glands get suppressed and disrupted. Pesticides cause various types of allergies, diathesis and many skin diseases. Fatigue, lethargy and persistent headaches are signs of pesticide buildup in the body. Some of these toxic chemicals affect the genetic apparatus more than radiation.

10%
of the people poisoned by pesticides die
and many of the survivors remain disabled or acquire chronic diseases

How can you protect health from the effects of pesticides?

Along with the food and water such substances get into the human’s body and cause irreparable harm.

The pesticides accumulate in the fat tissue, organs and a small percentage in the muscles. The most common consequences of excessive pesticide consumption are asthma, infertility, stomach, bowel, bladder, liver, brain, breast and reproductive organs cancer, developmental delays and malformations.