Dirty Beaches, Dirty Meat, We Are Poisioning Ourselves And The Earth

” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”


There was a report in the NY Times science  section, this past Tuesday, stating that there is a strong possibility that if you dig at the beach ala sandcastles or even worse bury yourself in the sand (within 7 miles of a sewage plant) you are  more likely to vomit or get diarreah afterwards, due to the fecal matter in the ocean transmitted to the sand.

We already know that meat needs to be handled  carefully because of the bacteria due to the  way that animals are raised and  killed ( indoors jammed into lots walking in their own fecal matter, then coming from those pens via slaughter to your dinner plate).  The meat we eat has hormones in it to make tha animals grow faster antibiotics to kill all the bacteria in their systems due to their living conditions…we eat all of that when we consume them.

The warning, that we were told about in the 1970’s, that  the earth would not be able to flush the toxins we are creating if we did not change our ways- is-here.


But there is a solution,

1. Factory farming should be cut in half ( maybe outlawed) and strictly regulated as to its effects on the environment.

2. Dumping in the ocean should be curtailed and other solutions to our trash/sewage problem implemented such as

       a. Intensifying recycling methods and restrictions. 

       b. Look for ways to reduce trash.

       c. Think of new ways to recycle sewage.


What can you do today, to limit your trash?  use a reusable water bottle filled with tap water, use cloth shopping bag, buy products with less packaging, request that when you buy an item that they keep the hanger… what other things do you think we can do to work together on lowering our consumption?

 Please send ideas to comments section, use your thinking cap, see what you come up with!




Note: The study used 25,00 people who visited 7 beaches all within 7 miles of a sewagw plant, the study was done by the American Journal of  Epidemiology, NY Times, Science Section July 21, 2009. 

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