Friends of the Earth Pesticides and Drinking Water project

For the past decade Friends of the Earth (FoE) has researched and campaigned against the use of toxic pesticides. The major focus of this work has been impacts of pesticides in drinking water, food and waterways. In 2012 Friends of the Earth produced the publication 'The Dose Makes The Poison?', which highlights the most commonly detected pesticides on food consumed in Australia. This publication has received thousands of downloads. In 2013-14 FoE will continue to keep an eye on pesticide issues and will continue to lobby for pesticide free ecosystems.

Over the past year FoE has broadened this work to focus on major pollutants in drinking water, including chlorine disinfection by-products (DBP's). DBP's are formed when chlorine used as a disinfectant reacts with organic molecules in the source water. DBP's represent the largest number of  breaches to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines in many communities across Australia, and some have been linked to bladder cancer.

In 2013/14, we will continue to research and campaign on these issues. A major emphasis will be collating information on the role of pesticides in declining bee populations in Australia. FoE will also be lobbying environmental agencies to broaden testing protocols for pesticides in domestic water supplies.

FoE will also be lobbying for the lowering of guideline levels in drinking water in regards to DBP's. For some DBP's, Australian guidelines are 250% higher than equivalent levels overseas. These levels have not been changed since 1996. Over the next year FoE will also lobby for alternative drinking water disinfection methods.

Lowering pesticide use has obvious environmental and public health benefits. There are very few environmental groups working on these issues in Australia, and very few philanthropic sources who fund this type of activity. That's why we rely on the community to support our work.

To continue to do this work, Friends of the Earth relies on donations. Every dollar that you can spare will go a very long way. So if you have an interest in pesticides and drinking water, think about donating money to help keep this long running issue going. All donations are tax deductable.

To donate please check here (and indicate that you want the donation to go to the Pesticides and Drinking Water project).

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