Toxic Sports Fields Harm Environment

 

 

If you, or your children, play sports, be aware of the chemicals used on the field before you play.

In New Zealand, there is a golf course in which Endosulfan is used to kill earthworms, which are beneficial to the environment, but interfere with the game.

Endosulfan, is banned in the European Union and in 50 other countries. Apparently New Zealand is the only country still using the extremely toxic pesticide which remains in the soil for up to six years. It is known to cause hormonal health problems in both men and women.

Earthworms can be controlled simply by making the soil more acidic.

The Stockholm Convention is considering a global ban on the pesticide.

For more information visit:

http://www.times-age.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3786931&thesection=localnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

http://www.apluswriting.net/rssnewsfeeds/homeandgarden/earthworm.htm

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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