Go to fullsize image  Have any of you seen the little video “The Story of Stuff”?    Go watch…Do it…Just do it…I know you want to… 

I watched this 20 minutes of fun filled information a while back and I have kept thinking about it.  It connects environmental issues with social issues.  It makes you think about the process of creating/using/disposing all of the stuff you use everyday.  Okay, it makes you feel like you are back in high school watching a video in environmental science class but if you are interested in the process of rethinking your consumer choices, you may want to take a look at this.  Plus, there’s nothing great on the magic box in your living room anyway.  If you are not up for watching the video take a gander at the facts taken from the video listed below.

I hope all you breast feeding mothers are as shocked as I was about the fact that the food with the highest contaminant level is a mother’s breast milk.  Of course, that’s going to vary from mother to mother depending on what they eat and where they live.  It just goes to show that everything is connected within the environment.  You contaminate the grass(grain) and water with fertilizer and other chemicals recklessly tossed onto earth’s surface.  The cow eats and drinks both of these now chemically laced items and also succombs to chemical “supplements” to make them super producers.  Every chemical ingested courses through their bodies.  Some of them are expelled.  Others are stored within fat or muscle cells.

The cow is butchered for food or milked for dairy products.  We process these food items with more chemicals to maintain freshness and add flavor to the food that has been already modified by synthetic materials twice over.  Meat and dairy are stored and prepared for ingestion by humans in plastic containers which will not only further contaminate the food but also sit in the growing number of landfills around the world for hundreds of years (unless recycled). 

Finally, the food is sitting warm on the table.  The mother eats her “health” piece of food.  The chemicals from the grass, the water, the cow, the processing, and the storage container have now entered into her body and are distributed throughout along with the other environmental toxins she meets on a daily basis.  The baby nurses at this mother’s breast and peacefully consumes every chemical that met the grass, that met the water, that entered the cow, that prepared the meat, and mingled with others in the human body.  It’s the process of accumulation through the food chain.  Fascinating, yet totally disturbing.

Please, make a major change for you and your family.  Eliminate one source of toxin that is entering your body.  For example: High Fructose Corn Syroup.  Once you have settled into that routine, tackle another.  Over time, you will have made some drastic reductions in your chemical consumption and llikely a reduction in chronic/fatal disease.

The Story of Stuff: A Brief List

  • 2000 trees a minute are cut down in the Amazon alone. That is 7 football fields a minute!
  • 80% of the world’s forests are gone.
  • The US has less than 4% of its forests left.
  • 40% of our waterways are undrinkable.
  • The US has 5% of the world’s population and 30% of the waste.
  • 75% of global fisheries have been fished beyond capacity.
  • 100,000 synthetic chemicals are used in production today.
  • Bromated Flame Retardants (BFR) neurotoxins (toxins to brain) are in computers, mattresses, pillows
  • Food with highest level of contaminants is mother’s milk.
  • 200,000 people a day are moving to cities from environments that no longer support them.
  • US industry *admits* to 4 billion pounds of toxic pollution released per year (likely far more).
  • Average person consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.
  • We see more ads in one year than people 50 years ago saw in a lifetime. 3,000 ads a day!
  • People in US spend three to four times as much time shopping as Europeans do.
  • Average house size has doubled in the US since the 1970’s.
  • Average American creates 4.5 lbs. garbage a day — an amount doubled from 30 years ago.
  • For every one garbage can you put out at the curb, 70 cans were filled by all the processes
    needed in order to make it.
  • 99% of all those things we buy are not in use after 6 months.
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