Antibacterials Harm Earthworms



Antibacterial soaps, detergents, floor cleaners, fragrances, pharmaceuticals and other household chemicals are harming earthworms. Whatever harms earthworms, harms humans.

Studies conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Colorado State University have found that chemicals in everyday products used in households and businesses across the country are absorbed by earthworms when introduced to the land as biosolids.

Biosolids is the product produced by the treatment of sewage at wastewater treatment plants. One of the worst offenders, tricolsan, was found in earthworms in fields where biosolids had been applied, but not in the fields where livestock manure had been used.

Triclosan is used in numerous products as an antibacterial and is partly to blame for the production of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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