Water – Our Most Vital Resource
In Our Community – We hope you have taken time to read the first of the new series about water here in the United States. If you have, you may be considering changing some of your own personal habits at home. You may have taken a minute to look around you to see what kind of products you use to “clean” and sanitize your house! If you did and you also read the ingredients you are aware that they are very toxic and possibly cause some of the health issues you may have with members of your family. Now, let’s discuss the water coming into your house, the process of it getting there and is it clean!
We pointed out in the first article the issue of Flint, Michigan and how their water supply was poisoned by the lead in it and that it was so high it could be declared as hazardous waste. According to sources, it is just a matter of time till other areas in the country will be having a drinking water disaster. Such places as Philadelphia, and Chicago and many other cities have old lead pipes receiving and dispersing water into residence and businesses. That could be just the beginning of municipal water pollution crisis. Clean drinking water sources are now polluted in a number of places throughout the United States. They are polluted because of treated and untreated sewage, by animal feeding operations, industrial discharges and chemicals used in agriculture. Old pipes and fixtures can be replaced, but all the toxins in our drinking water cannot be removed, even with the advanced technology we have today. That is what we will discuss a little here in our second article and it will again involve you, the home owner.
There are many things causing environmental pollution, but the ones we hear the most about is industry and cars. We don’t think about today’s food production, our modern way of producing food! Many of us can remember when we grew most of our food and if not there was a market close by that grew it and it was all local. Today, your food may be grown local but on a much larger scale and certainly is not life sustaining but chemical dependent and striping the soil of its nutrients, destroying critical soil microbes from over plowing and adding toxic fertilizer or spraying for pest. All of these farmlands are saturated with toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that then, because of runoff goes into our ground water, rivers, lakes and oceans. What happens? Dangerous levels of nitrogen can end up in your drinking water. We now have grasslands and pastures that have been eliminated and the consequences is that much of the natural filtering of ground water is just not there. It is industrial crops that are chemical driven and causing health risk that we read about often. Mass production drives the industry, without thought to consequences. At one time in our history we allowed crop rotation and large fields to rest. This would cut too much into the profits though today
So, where do you play a part in this? There are a number to things one can do and USI Team tries to do many of the things suggested. If you have a home and have grass that you want to look pristine, you probably use fertilizer, right! Remember, that can end back up in your community water system. If you must have green grass, try finding organic nutrients or do as we do, have a compost pile that produces good soil and acts as a fertilizer. It is not only used in the garden but also on places in the yard that need the extra nourishment. You may be the only one without green grass all the time but you can smile and know you are not contributing to the problem as we discussed about household toxins. For the garden and any of the plants you plan to eat, there is Fish Emulsion which is organic and much healthier for the plants and the end product which you will consume. Again, research how you can better help your health and your families by not using toxins in your yard and garden. USI also has a facebook site that talks about alternative ways to a healthier way of life – it is Nancy’s Health Tips. Check it out, there may be suggestions that you will want to try.
Overall preparation for what nature can throw at us is not that overwhelming but it does take a little effort. USI has a wealth of information, equipment and training for everyone about all forms of mitigation so visit our web site at www.usiusa.com and if you have a need feel free to call!
USI Understands that Survival isn’t learned from books but real world experience. This is just one area which makes Universal Survival Innovations unique in the world of training and equipment.
Author Ben Barr is a 30+ year SERE Specialist who has been a curriculum developer for the USAF Survival School, USAF Water Survival School, USAF Air Mobility Command, USMC and USN
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