In the first study of its kind, pesticides have been shown to alter the morphology of vertebrate animals. Published by Rick A. Relyea of the University of Pittsburgh, results show that in the presence of the popular herbicide Round-up, the tails of tadpoles are significantly larger than they are in pesticide-free water. The larger tails mimic the morphological response that tadpoles have when a predator is present in the water, a typical change that allows them to escape danger. According to Relyea, “Herbicides are not designed to affect animals, but we are learning that they can have a wide range of surprising effects by altering how hormones work in the bodies of animals.”
The take-away? Now that spring is fully upon us, choose your pesticides carefully, never dispose of them in storm drains, and use only what you need. If you’re concerned about pesticides in your water supply, give us a call 1(877) 708-3338 and ask about the RevitaLife Drinking Water System.