Tuesday, December 12, 2017

High levels of dangerous chemicals found across Sverdlovsk farms

Researchers from the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance announced last week that they have detected a high level of potentially dangerous chemicals across several thousand acres of Sverdlovsk regional farm land.

The concentration of pesticides and other inorganic materials found in the region's affected agriculture fields is, in some parts, 10 times higher than the national average, Fresh Plaza reports.

Among the substances detected in the region is cypermethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid which is most commonly used as an insecticide in large commercial agricultural operations. The level of cypermethrin found in Sverdlovsk soils was 49 times higher than the permissible limit.

Further analysis revealed that in addition to cypermetherin, high levels of chlorothalonil, quintozene and pyridaben were found throughout the region. Each of these substances are considered highly dangerous to human health, according to Fresh Plaza.


Exceedingly dangerous levels of chlorothalonil, which has been known to cause dermatitis, were found in the Sysertskoe area. Meanwhile, the Sysertsky district's soil samples revealed immense amounts of quintozene-- a substance which has been banned in Russia.

All samples collected by the federal research group were taken from regional greenhouses where cucumbers and tomatoes are grown, Fresh Plaza reports.