It made me think of deforrestation, malaria and the DDT used to control malaria, and then on growing land as insecticide. This has well and truly polluted so much arable land, that I wondered if this is the reason we have the EU paying farmers to leave their ground fallow. Here is a bit about DDT.
Then I began thinking about ways to get the land usable again so heres a bit about growing plants. Reed beds are also very good at cleaning waterways, which I mentioned in my post about that Chinese transport hub outside Shanghai.
And here is the reason we shouldn't be cutting down trees in the lungs of the Earth.
So this morning I think I had that lightbulb moment. I am wondering if something like particular trees like Eucalyptus and Acacia and the other trees that Koalas like, would be a good way of using to clean up all that DDT. Then manage the trees for honey, for instance with the Acacia, which is a very good furniture wood, as the woodworm and termites don't like it so much.
There are a huge variety of medicines, and by products from these trees as well. Lemon Eucalyptus oil is a very effective natural mosquito repellant too.
The charcol we get for BBQs is mostly from third world countries, and they are using things like mangrove roots to make charcol, these are meant to keep the water clean, and clean our air, and create rain, what are we cutting them down for Barbequed Sausages for? Buy a bottled gas BBQ, unless you can get locally made eco-charcol.
In the old days trees were managed in Europe for charcol. You pollarded your tree about every 20 years and made funiture and charcol.
Also all the twiggy bits left can be used for bio-digesters, and turned into fantastic fertiliser. Check out the Jean Pain method, and go from there.
There are a lot of places that can be used to manage these trees, which creates work and local economy. Most furniture is made from wood pulp these days, so I don't see any reason to cut down good teak and other woods to make mass produced furniture. Grow your own!
Sweet little Koala.
I wonder how we get all that plastic out of the seas again? Seaweed is very good for the ground too. Farmers and growers still go and get seaweed to put on fields here over the winter. It makes the soil a bit more sandy, as it is very heavy clay rich soil in places. I think seaweed has some very good properties.
Is it possible to start harvesting and collecting the seaweed on beaches, clean the plastics out and turn the seaweed into something to help the ground. Can the plastic be recycled for something, like road and pavement surfaces? If we don't start doing something about all these issues we will all be eating plastic in the food chain for years. We will have plastic sand before long.
If anyone has been watching RT today, the budget for having a good clean up is a third of America's Warology Budget, which is about half the world expenditure, so for one sixth of what the world spends on war, we could solve a lot of eco-problems, and then invest in our future stability, rather than our destruction.
Besides, if every government is spending so much on wrecking the place, rather than making it really safe, why should we have to pay tax, and be in debt all the time, so that Governments can keep making and buying weapons and then letting them get into the wrong hands.
What are the world powers going to do to deal with all the toxic waste, neuclear weapons, and chemical warfare stockpiles hanging around. Better to be getting those boffins working out a way to render them harmless than make more of them. Burying them for future generations is definately not an option, and if they are put in the sea we will kill our food.
I think that countries that have land that has been decimated by warfare, need real help to get it back into good shape. Has anybody considered that a genuine worldwide jubilee, thats for all forms of debt, on a personal level, and country level might be a good idea? A clean start for everybody? That this would make real and sound economic sense