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Almost 500,000 Pounds of Pesticides Currently Being Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges Per Year

By On June 18, 2018

If you haven’t followed the ongoing GMOs and pesticides controversy, you probably don’t know just how widespread the issue is, like so many people walking around nowadays consuming food that is harmful to both their bodies and the environment.

But the truth of the matter is that pesticides are everywhere in our food supply, as well as the air, drinking water and much more. The pollution of GMOs and pesticides even extends to the fish we raise to stock out lakes and rivers, which are fed pellets of GMO corn and/or soy as a cheap food source before they are released into the wild.

As sanctuaries for animals of all kinds to live and flourish, national wildlife refuges are supposed to be as pure and pristine as possible.

But believe it or not even these areas are also being sprayed according to a new report.

Widlife Refuges Sprayed with Toxic Pesticides

Regardless of your state, a national wildlife refuge is probably not too far away, but that doesn’t mean that visting one will necessarily grant you a reprieve from toxic pesticides of any kind.

That was the message driven home by a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity, which revealed that about 490,000 pounds of pesticides are sprayed on wildlife refuges each year.

“These refuges are supposed to be a safe haven for wildlife, but they’re becoming a dumping ground for poisonous pesticides,” said Hannah Connor, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity,the author of the analysis.

“Americans assume these public lands are protected and I think most people would be appalled that so many pesticides are being used to serve private, intensive agricultural operations.”

Included in the usage of these pesticides are highly toxic substances like dicamba, which is restricted or banned in multiple states because of the widespread destruction it is capable of causing to crops on neighboring farms, and 2, 4-D, which much like dicamba is capable of killing off endangered species and migrating birds these refuges were supposedly created to protect.

Corn and soy (possible if not likely GMOs) are among the crops being grown in these refuges that are sprayed with pesticides, the article said.

The usage on these refuges has remained consistent from 2014-2016, the article said. But all of this of course raises the question: why are we spraying animal-killing toxins on spaces that are supposed to be as “wild” as it gets in order to provide them with the type of homes these animals need and deserve?

How You Can Help Stem the Tide at Wildlife Refuges

According to the refuge system’s website, different volunteer and partnership options are allowed for anyone who wishes to help within the system.

Doing so is a great way to strike up a conversation with key decision makers who make the final call on whether or not to use these toxic pesticides.

In addition, you can also contact the agency directly by clicking on this link and submitting a comment or question.

Be sure to let them know just how toxic these pesticides are, and that they don’t belong anywhere near our most sensitive and rare wildlife.

These refuges are the last places where they should be sprayed.