The Effects of Contaminated Soil on Public Health

August 15th, 2019 by admin

Plant sprouting from the ground

Soil is a key component to humanity; it affects many elements of our well-being from the foods we eat, the water we drink, to even the air we breathe. But soil is never the main topic of conversation when it comes to caring for the ecosystem. Of course, dirt is supposed to be dirty, right? Just like water and air, soil can also become polluted; so, you're probably wondering, what exactly is soil contamination and what happens when soil becomes dangerously contaminated?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( is it estimated that 95 percent of the foods we consume is produced directly or indirectly from the soil, which means almost all the foods we eat come from the earth. So, if there is any presence of toxic substances in the ground, it will also be in the vegetation as well as in any organism that feeds off that land. These substances can include harmful bacteria, fungus, man-made toxins, viruses, protozoa, and pesticides. Contaminated soil may not be visible to the human eye, which means that you could be using toxic soil without knowing. Exposure to polluted soil can have significant effects on human health with issues like kidney and liver damage, diseases such as botulism or anthrax, hormonal imbalances, as well as respiratory, skin, and gastrointestinal infections.

So what can be done if you suspect that you have polluted soil or if you're unsure? At Spectrum Environmental Services, we perform testing and evaluation on suspected land and provide excavation services by removing or cleaning the contaminated earth. And with our emergency remediation assistance, we can resolve and contain the soil as soon as possible before anyone becomes exposed.

Contact us today for more information.

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