Thursday, April 3, 2008
Thoughts for Thursday: Plastic Soup Anyone?
I should really stop watching some programs. This week, along with an interesting Frontline on Bad Voodoos War about a platoon in Iraq, I tivoed Nightline since it's on past my bedtime. I was interested in the segment about the nonchurch for nonbelivers. But got sucked into to Under the Sea. It was about all the garbage in the sea, specifically the Pacific Ocean. And well if you have seen Finding Nemo, which I have about 100 times this month thanks to Peanut Butter, you know all drains lead to the sea. I couldn't believe the crap they were pulling out, a basketball, suitcases, tons of toothbrushes, and umbrella handles, all from the middle of the ocean. There is a portion of the Pacific Ocean that has basically been labeled a garbage dump due to the currents. It has become "plastic soup" from all the plastic bags and such breaking down. In some places the plastic outnumbered the plankton. There are beaches that instead of sand are becoming plastic pebble beaches it was crazy when they showed a hand full of plastic beads from off the beach. My real fright is it entering the food system, which I'm sure has already happened. Will crabs start having a plastic shell, jellyfish becoming floating plastic bags.? This is what happened with PCBs they entered the food chain at the lowest level and when it gets to us the food has high concentrations of the nastiness. A real interesting book is Our Stolen Future. I do not eat the same after reading that book. It gives some reasoning on why out fertility rates are dropping. So after seeing Nightline, I am going to think more about what I am buying, is it throw away, or is it going to last. I looked around my living room at all the plastic toys strewn about and I just felt awful. Is plastic the true evil? How do we live without it? Since we can't how do we contain the waste, or recycle it better? Any thoughts on anything?
Posted by Robyn at 7:40 PM