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Farm workers have special risks associated with inhalation and skin contact during preparation and application of pesticides to crops. However, for the majority of the population, a principal vector is through ingestion of food that is contaminated by pesticides.
Degradation of water quality by pesticide runoff has two principal human health impacts.
The first is the consumption of fish and shellfish that are contaminated by pesticides; this can be a particular problem for subsistence fish economies that lie downstream of major agricultural areas.
The second is the direct consumption of pesticide-contaminated water. WHO has established drinking water guidelines for 33 pesticides Annex 1. For example, in a recent paper by Wang and Lin studying substituted phenols, tetrachlorohydroquinone, a toxic metabolite of the biocide pentachlorophenol, was found to produce "significant and dose-dependent DNA damage".
Ecological effects of pesticides Pesticides are included in a broad range of organic micro pollutants that have ecological impacts. Different categories of pesticides have different types of effects on living organisms, therefore generalization is difficult.
Although terrestrial impacts by pesticides do occur, the principal pathway that causes ecological impacts is that of water contaminated by pesticide runoff. The two principal mechanisms are bioconcentration and biomagnification. This is the movement of a chemical from the surrounding medium into an organism.
The primary "sink" for some pesticides is fatty tissue "lipids". Some pesticides, such as DDT, are "lipophilic", meaning that they are soluble in, and accumulate in, fatty tissue such as edible fish tissue and human fatty tissue.
Other pesticides such as glyphosate are metabolized and excreted. This term describes the increasing concentration of a chemical as food energy is transformed within the food chain. As smaller organisms are eaten by larger organisms, the concentration of pesticides and other chemicals are increasingly magnified in tissue and other organs.
Very high concentrations can be observed in top predators, including man. The ecological effects of pesticides and other organic contaminants are varied and are often inter-related.
Effects at the organism or ecological level are usually considered to be an early warning indicator of potential human health impacts. The major types of effects are listed below and will vary depending on the organism under investigation and the type of pesticide.
Different pesticides have markedly different effects on aquatic life which makes generalization very difficult. The important point is that many of these effects are chronic not lethalare often not noticed by casual observers, yet have consequences for the entire food chain.
These effects are not necessarily caused solely by exposure to pesticides or other organic contaminants, but may be associated with a combination of environmental stresses such as eutrophication and pathogens.
These associated stresses need not be large to have a synergistic effect with organic micro pollutants. Ecological effects of pesticides extend beyond individual organisms and can extend to ecosystems. Swedish work indicates that application of pesticides is thought to be one of the most significant factors affecting biodiversity.
Chemical weed control has the effect of reducing habitat, decreasing the number of weed species, and of shifting the balance of species in the plant community. Swedish studies also show the impact of pesticides on soil fertility, including inhibition of nitrification with concomitant reduced uptake of nitrogen by plants Torstensson, These studies also suggest that pesticides adversely affect soil micro-organisms which are responsible for microbial degradation of plant matter and of some pesticidesand for soil structure.
Box 6 presents some regional examples of ecological effects of pesticides. Natural factors that degrade pesticides In addition to chemical and photochemical reactions, there are two principal biological mechanisms that cause degradation of pesticides. These are 1 microbiological processes in soils and water and 2 metabolism of pesticides that are ingested by organisms as part of their food supply.
While both processes are beneficial in the sense that pesticide toxicity is reduced, metabolic processes do cause adverse effects in, for example, fish.
Energy used to metabolize pesticides and other xenobiotics foreign chemicals is not available for other body functions and can seriously impair growth and reproduction of the organism. Degradation of Pesticides in Soil: This process is mineralization and results in the conversion of the pesticide into simpler compounds such H20, C02, and NH3.
While some of this process is a result of chemical reactions such as hydrolysis and photolysis, microbiological catabolism and metabolism is usually the major route of mineralization. Soil micro biota utilize the pesticide as a source of carbon or other nutrients.
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