Mr Joy said this was the “first of many signs that we’ve gone way way too far”. From the Canterbury District Health Board’s pamphlet on nitrates in water and Blue Baby Syndrome (PDF) (yes, we now have DHB’s issuing public health pamphlets because of ongoing water pollution from our primary industries), Methaemoglobinaemia can affect babies less than six months of age or in the womb.
Exposure to high nitrate levels in drinking water may prevent the blood from delivering oxygen effectively in the body.
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Thoughts, advice and market commentary with a bit of world travel thrown in for good measure.As far as I can tell industrial dairying, Fed Farmers, and Ecan are all saying that pollution is ok so long as we limit it to around the level that we can get away with.Probably not good to poison babies, but if we fence off some water ways then the number of times people have to buy bottled water in a year will be below what makes people complain too much and we can put in an alert system so that babies don’t actually get die.It takes times for them to filter down through the earth into the aquifer.Likewise, when you finally decide its time to clean it up, it takes time for the remaining pollutants in the ground to keep working it’s way down and then for the water to clear.