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  •  Pollution (5+ / 0-)

    Another thing to think about with this is water pollution.  There is the AMOUNT used and then there is the amount rendered unusable by the pollution.

    The obvious example is a factory dumping waste in a creek but think also about all the pollutants that wash off a road into creek or the way overgrazed areas effect stream quality, or think of all that pollution out in the ocean and what it does...obviously I could go on and on.

    The point is that we have an even bigger impact on waters than just the amount we use.

    This is a good tool to bring awareness to am important issue.  Thanks for pointing it out.

    •  absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      just one example in the Chesapeake Bay area is the fact that runoff pollution has just about killed off the oyster population.  This is more than just a problem for foodies who love to eat them but for the former oystermen of the Bay.

      "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" -6.75, -6.26

      by gravlax on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:17:58 AM PDT

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    •  Also water is affected by garbage disposals. (3+ / 0-)
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      riverlover, environmentalist, gravlax

      Garbage disposals are good for getting rid of things in the sink that could result in the growth of bacteria and molds, but the organic matter than stresses the water treatment system.

      It's better to compost the food waste and get good soil from it.

      "Trust only those who doubt" Lu Xun

      by LookingUp on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:21:25 AM PDT

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      •  I wish more people would compost n/t (3+ / 0-)
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        "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" -6.75, -6.26

        by gravlax on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:22:21 AM PDT

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        •  There needs to be more incentive (1+ / 0-)
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          While I have no problem with people who choose to garden, my interest in it is rather minimal, so I hardly have a burning need for compost. And that's assuming I even had the property for it. So most of my food waste is either trashed or goes down the disposal. Mostly the former, actually, as much because our disposal is awful as out of environmental concerns.

          Some kind of market system for compost would be nice, though: I have family members who are into gardening and are always on the lookout for composted soil. There should be more incentive for people like me to compost and make the end result available to people who need it. Or even community composting (for apartment folks like me) with much the same goals in mind.

          Deoliver47 was right and deserves some apologies.

          by seancdaug on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 07:55:44 AM PDT

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      •  If you have a septic tank (3+ / 0-)
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        you learn that disposals are really bad. Not that I want people to all go back to private wells and septic tanks, but the clueful who deal with them realize a lot of limitations and think carefully about what goes down the toilet. Or the sink.

        Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

        by riverlover on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:34:23 AM PDT

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