‘Worrying’ levels of farm waste in EU waterways

An EU-wide study of water bodies near intensive livestock farms has revealed the presence of over 100 different plant and animal protection products, including several banned substances

An EU-wide study of water bodies near intensive livestock farms has revealed the presence of over 100 different plant and animal protection products, including several banned substances.

The study, undertaken by Greenpeace Germany, tested for the presence of agricultural run-off in 29 water bodies across ten EU countries. All the samples tested positive for pesticides, with almost 80% showing traces of medication used for animals, including antibiotics.

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