Originally Posted by Deborah
Another fun example. How did we get to this point? I can't see scientists or epidemiologists or doctors actually saying:
"Let's dump many thousands of new chemicals into the environment and expose all the babies, starting before they are born and just assume they are all safe until they are actually proven to be harmful."
We have a system that, at best, just drifts, and at worst actively hides harm to protect profits.
And, in other places, we have a complete lack of system.
I picture myself being buried in a casket filled entirely with unused prescriptions. Because, in addition to all the prescriptions people get, and use, and pee out all the excess, there are so many that are the wrong one, the wrong strength, not completely finished...most people just dump them out, but, either way, they wind up in the water supply.
In my town, a conscientious green kinda place we have curbside recycling. And people sort and wash out their cans and place them out in the special cans for a company that has been often cited for dumping all the trash and recyclables together to take to the landfill. But at least we have the illusion of trying, which is what matters, I guess.
However, for household chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as various other hazards, there's no system. Sure, every once in a while someone does a collection. But mostly people just trash the stuff.
And agricultural runoff, including hormones and antibiotics...