Since the beginning of the industrial age, man has created over 100,000 unnatural chemical compounds, spewing or spilling them into the air we breathe, the soil our plants are grown in, and the water we drink. These chemicals enter the plants and the system of animals who ingested them and when we eat meat or fish, and even some vegetables, it goes into our system.
In addition, man has contributed and is contributing to the disaster with the increased radiation to our environment from all nuclear bomb tests and nuclear plant disasters, with microwave radiation, with thousands of medications which the body recognizes as toxins, with fuel emissions, with pesticides, insecticides and a world of household chemicals and with processed foods containing harmful additives, among other things, plus the humongous use of plastic products.
The October issue of Consumer Reports (CR) reveals the horrendous "plastic legacy" we are leaving to future generations; an inheritance that they will not be able to get rid of due to its insidious characteristics. In addition to the world-wide contamination that is causing, the major problem is that plastic products take vast amounts of time to breakdown. It takes plastics an average of over 500 years to degrade and a huge portion turns into "microplastic" in the process of degradation; that is, it turns into myriads of tons of microscopic particles contaminating our food, the air and water. We eat them, we drink them and we breathe them.
The microplastic polluting the seas and oceans are consumed by plankton which travels up the food chain and eventually is consumed by us. This is extremely harmful to us, as microplastics contain chemicals such as BPA that interfere with our hormonal regulation and DEHP which is carcinogenic. And the body has no way of getting rid of them. In addition, marine life mistakenly consumes plastics for food, which causes these products to stay in their stomach invariably long periods of time as they are not biodegradable or digestible. Consequently, these marine animals starve to death with them being unable to consume enough food with their stomachs full of plastics, reducing fish and other marine food stocks.
According to the CR magazine, we are talking of about 5,000,000,000,000 plastic bags per year (over 5 trillion), over 30 billion plastic bottles that find their way to the ocean per year, some 160 million disposable razors used just in the United States (the overall number for the whole world is not known), etc., etc.Read more ...