Stop Slug Pesticides from Entering Drinking Water


Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Goal: Stop slug pesticides from entering our public drinking water

A recent study showed that toxic pesticide levels are more than 100 times the legal limit in some drinking water sources in the UK. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated issue and drinking water sources around the United States are suffering similar fates. A chemical used in slug pesticides called metaldehyde has been seeping into our drinking water from farms and gardens. There is no treatment method available to remove metaldehyde from our water at this time.

Slug populations increase during the rainy months in spring and summer. Not only is metaldehyde coming from garden pesticides, but also from huge quantities of the chemical being used to grow rape seed oil, sugar beets, winter beans, and broccoli. Symptoms of severe metaldehyde exposure include kidney and liver damage, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, convulsions, and coma. The chemical has also been linked to asthma attack, depression, drowsiness, high blood pressure, inability to control the release of urine and feces, memory loss, muscle tremors, and convulsions.

Sign the below petition to urge farmers and gardeners to utilize pesticides that can be effectively extracted from drinking water supplies. Until a way to extract metaldehyde is discovered, we must find alternative methods of controlling slug populations around the world. Keep our vegetables and our water free of chemicals.

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Dear Secretary Sebelius,

The recent discoveries about slug pesticides in the UK serve as a reminder that we must control the use of pesticides in the farms and gardens closer to home. Exposure to the chemical metaldehyde, which has been infiltrating drinking water more frequently, has been linked to a wide array of horrific illnesses. Unfortunately, scientists have not yet found a way to extract this chemical from water sources before it enters our homes and businesses.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to these types of harmful chemicals, including beer-baited slug traps that don’t introduce harmful chemicals into gardens or harm local wildlife. I am urging you to work with local environmental experts to find a way to extract this dangerous chemical from our drinking water sources. In the meantime, please support policies that control the use of harmful pesticides so that chemicals like metaldehyde don’t find their way into our bodies.


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