For those in government who believe climate change is our nation’s greatest threat, why do they not address chemical agricultural products such as fertilizers, pesticides and soil fumigants? In comparison, these substances contribute more to air pollution, water pollution, ill health, and “global warming” emissions than CO2.
We all know the chemical lobbyists (Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Bayer…) have infiltrated our government and prevent the safety testing of other related agricultural products, like those associated with GMOs for instance, but if climate change is such a threat shouldn’t more actions be taken to curb it even if it interferes with the sacred chemical cartel’s bottom line? Instead of standing up to them, politicians and policies encourage more industrial and GMO farming here and abroad. What’s up–do politicians not really think climatic problems are influenced that greatly by human actions, or is their real intention just to divert subsidies to so called green energy development for which they get a backhander? Seems odd that everything having to do with CO2 is attacked, yet the more dangerous sinister chemicals affecting our atmosphere are barely acknowledged.
Excerpt from the upcoming Wecology Handbook, “Even though carbon dioxide gets all the attention, an even larger contributor to “climate change” is nitrous oxide. Though it is nontoxic and exists naturally, human activity has increased atmospheric concentrations. Nitrous oxide molecules stay in the atmosphere for an average of 120 years. The EPA states that the impact of 1 pound of N2O on warming the atmosphere is over 300 times that of 1 pound of carbon dioxide.”
“University of California, Berkeley, chemists have found a smoking gun proving that increased fertilizer use over the past 50 years is responsible for a dramatic rise in atmospheric nitrous oxide, which is a major greenhouse gas contributing to global climate change.” http://news.berkeley.edu/2012/04/02/fertilizer-use-responsible-for-increase-in-nitrous-oxide-in-atmosphere/
How to Change It
|Nitrous Oxide||Nitrogen Fertilizer||use natural fertilizer|
|Nitrate Water Contamination||Fertilizer||use compost, DIY|
|Aquatic Dead Zones||Fertilizer||avoid toxic fertilizer|
|Ozone Layer Depletion||Soil Fumigants, Pesticides,||use companion planting|
|Methane Releases||Industrial Farming, CAFOs||support small farmers|
|Toxic Dust and Aerosols||Chemical Pesticides and Fertilizer||avoid using chemicals for food growing & gardening|
Chemical pollution is not limited to one area, it travels through water and wind and soil. Waterways, drinking water sources, animals and people and the very air we breathe are all affected by these dangerous chemicals.
“Pesticides, many of which have been banned in the U.S., have also been detected in African dust that accumulates in drinking water cisterns in the Caribbean, according to Shinn.” Continue Reading “When the Dust Settles”