Other Living Critters

honey beesweb of life salmonThis will be short: I’ve written before on effects of environmental toxic chemicals on various living creatures other than humans. Other living creatures are rather important you know: bees pollinate about one half of fruit and vegetable crops; fish provide omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids; crustaceans and other aquatic insects are food for fish.

Perhaps you’ve seen an article on bee colony collapse – whole bee colonies dying. Many research projects have identified major contributors to this problem, and to decimation of frog populations and baby salmon. The deadly agents are pesticides applied to crops, and runoff of water from agricultural fields and home lawns. Fortunately, if belatedly, the EPA finalized a settlement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides. The buffer zones apply to salmon habitat throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

We neglect the health of these species at our own peril.


About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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