21'st Century Pollution Disposal
Here is a couple of thought provokers:
1) We're dumping garbage (medical) in the ocean. I know, because it's washing up on shore all along the east coast, from Boston to Florida. I have a theory that the dolphins and whales are actually beaching themselves in protest.
2) We are now burying nuclear waste in a big hole in New Mexico at the tune of 2 tractor trailer loads a day in containers that will last about 60-70 years that contain waste that has a half life of half a million years. This definitely has potential problems.
3) Dairy Farm waste management. Here is a real dandy. Our political management system has moved the many family farm society into a few major industrial farm operations. This is well established in the West (California) and is now beginning to take place in the NorthEast. Here is what happens:
The many cows on few acres of land, will not allow the manure to decompose fast enough and the nitrates sink slowly into the earth, polluting all the underground water supplies. Now we chlorinate the water systems. Now the chlorine finishes off (kills) any friendly bacteria which is required to decompose the manure waste, thereby increasing the contamination rate and practically eliminating any natural biological action, which has to take place, to maintain an ecological balance. This is exactly what has happened in California. Now we are going to see a heyday for pathogens. You can't fool Mother Earth forever.
4) Anyone been SouthEast of Houston? We have friends in Houston, and they say, if you live near the refineries, the pollution will eat the paint off your car.
5) In this last year, there was a lot of concern expressed about the cloning of sheep. It's obvious that the public is not aware of the genetic shifting that has been taking place for years. Here is a simple example of Genetic pollution:
In the 1940's my father grew corn on his farm. He used no herbicides. He cultivated his corn. It grew 12 feet high. In the 1970's, I grew corn on my farm. I normally used herbicides to kill the weeds. I thought, what if I don't use herbicides, and cultivate the corn like my father did. I tried it on one field. Guess what? The corn was not able to compete with the weeds. Why? The genetic ability of the corn is now such, that you have to use herbicides. It's genetic ability to compete with the weeds has been removed. Is this really progress? Can this be reversed? And you are worried about sheep?
Where are we going with all this? We have to move on, past the drug and chemical answers. We now have a real mess brewing....
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