Pollution...where to start
What moves people so much at the moment is above all the visible environmental pollution, mountains of rubbish in China, Africa, India ... no rubbish from there, it mainly comes from Europe. The plastic swirls in the oceans, plastic on the shores, plastic everywhere. Herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, plastic softeners, heavy metals in drinking water, poison us bit by bit. The car manufacturers are in the headlines, particulate matter and CO² are on everyone's lips. Burning coal to generate electricity also shares this bad reputation. Soil in agriculture is contaminated, including groundwater, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, but also heavy metals are stored in the soil and recently it has been found that there are also nanoplastics, nano tire debris, in the soil, water and food. Heavy metals are increasingly found in drinking water in some regions. Toxins are measured in vegetables, including at so-called organic markets. In people's urine, the plasticizers from the plastic are pointed out, we don't even know what this stuff does in a human's body. Of course, aside from the fear created by the warming of the atmosphere, there are direct consequences that are demonstrable, or at least demonstrable in animals. Recent studies have shown that allergies are increasing, the body's defenses are declining and people's intelligence is declining.
Still, there are leaders who think this is all a bad publicity campaign, or at least that's what they say.
But it's not just the pollution that ends up in our food and affects us directly.
Micro and Nanoplastics enter the body through the food chain, all sorts of toxins are in the urine, we already know that. But it's also what manufacturers stuff us into our foods and drinks, too much fat, sugar and salt, then flavor enhancers, colors, thickeners and preservatives. We are the garbage can of the food industry.
The question is not how much longer we can do it, the question is how much longer we can endure it.
That's what happens when we put our lives in the hands of profit maximization. It must be clear to us that environmental protection cannot be pursued under the principle of maximizing profits to cover interest and returns on capital. A returnable bottle system cannot be operated and recycling cannot and will not take place unless the taxpayer takes care of it. Then a liter of a sweet drink will not cost $ 2, but $ 200, which is the real price of this and other drinks: “You can't beat the feeling”. A free market economy is characterized by ever worse services and goods at ever higher prices. Unfortunately, as we now know for certain, also with littering, poisoning of soil, people and animals, mass death of trees, mass death of animals, overexploitation of nature, fires, storms, floods, increasing poverty, extreme streams of refugees, increasing violence....
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