We have followed the horrific environmental problems in China after decades of the communist putting industrial production above every health and environmental priority. That is beginning to change as cancer rates continue to soar and the country becomes increasingly unliveable in parts, including Beijing. When stories come out, the pollution and health dangers are often on a scale that is literally breathtaking. This week had another report from the environmental ministry itself — long viewed as hiding data and underplaying environmental damage. The report says that roughly two-thirds of China’s underground water, and a third of its surface water, were rated as unsuitable for direct human contact in 2014.
Only 3.4 percent of surface water meets the highest of six categories as “Grade I” resources. Some 63% are classified as meeting Grade III and fit for human contact and use. This is notably a further diminishment since 2013 when 71.7 percent of surface water in “Grade III” or above.
It is always uncertain how much we can rely on the data from the Chinese government, one of the worst environmental violators in the world. However, even the government is now admitting a massive loss of water resources to pollution.
The loss of underground water resources is truly incredible and shows the loss from pollutants percolating through the soil and destroying aquifers that are essential for drinking water. The report shows 61.5 percent of the 4,896 underground water sites as either “relatively poor” or “very poor”.
Those suffering through this growing pollution problem is obviously the least wealthy in the country who continue to draw from water resources deemed unfit for human consumption.
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I guess I am lucky that hot pepper sauces do not upset my stomach…yet. Ham and Lima Beans (aka MF’rs) would have been intolerable without Tabasco in those tiny bottles we got back in the day. Same for the “orange jellied” stews.
The clay cookware sounds worth pursuing, I will give it a try. Thank you.
For me I noticed that once I corrected my diet the indigestion I occasionally experienced went away. One hurdle some experience with changing to more of a whole foods based diet is the cravings they have for their old diet. The first two months probably will be the more challenging but after that most will find that their preference changes and they will then instead find that the junk food diet no linger appeals to them and their preference is now for real food.
I must say I experienced the same difficulty. I was a child of the seventies so the standard American diet was what I grew accustomed to. My paternal grandfather owned a meat market and my dad grew up working there before he went into the navy. So, as you can imagine there was a lot of meat in my diet. But many years ago I cut this out due to some health matters. Now, the opposite is true in that if I eat fatty, buttery foods that sneak by in say a restaurant my stomach doth protest too much.
Darren and Aridog
I agree with your take on food. The more refined the worse it is. Vegetables, fruit, potatoes, ground beef in spaghetti sauce, ocean caught fish-not farmed unless in Scotland and BC., and clever spicing.
One device I have found is the Romertopf system. These are clay pots with clay lids-made in Germany-that you soak in water for a few minutes before using. You can load them up with chicken, potatoes, carrots, and other veggies with next to no olive oil if any at all. Then you put the unit in the oven at 450 cold. In an hour to an hour and a half you have a perfect dish with the juices of the meats in the vegetables and all the moisture sealed in along with the moisture in the clay. When you get tired of preparing and messing around this way is easy, quick, and the extra goes for another day in lunches and snacks.
You can interrupt the cooking along the way to add mushrooms and spices.
Darren … thanks for the details. Lately I’ve found myself less inclined to processed food and red meats in general…with an exception a mix of ground fresh beef and various spices, such as “zatar” and sesame oil and seeds. No added spices are necessary and it melts, almost literally, in your mouth due to the “zatar” seasoning, largely a thyme concoction popular with Arabs. With a fresh lightly grilled tomato on top, they are delicious as hamburgers or grilled patties. I refer them to any steak or fillet. Only problem with lobster & crab is the sense you must include melted butter as a dip. Frequently I use pure fresh ground horse radish as the “dip” of sorts. For craw-dads and shrimp I use a hot pepper sauce, as the condiment. My gastro system is less and less tolerant of many foods today, many innocuous, so any ideas, such as you propose are welcome.
better still…another reflection of the loony oily in action….from above…”Bwahahahahaahahahahaha”…boy, you showed him
wow…how clever a response, the acumen of oily has me all shook up, even after i answer his “freshman philosophy” question…yet another “slick” response from the adroit wordsmith…LOL!…have nice day oily…going to the LACMA on Wilshire blvd, with wifey…time for some “actual” refinement and personal enrichment…if you intuit my meaning…
JT should let his ilk post like that; it’s their shovel, let them dig. 😉
Again, I make no claim to being anything other than OLLY.
You are projecting your weaknesses onto others and apparently you believe insults can replace reasonable thought.
Somehow asking you what qualities define the Truman Democrat put you on defense. If that sets you off to imply I have a personality disorder then you may not be as “Great” as you would like everyone to believe.
clever Paul…”flowers for Algernon”…i’m stunned…are you oily’s sock-puppet?
let’s watch oily now come up with some “new” clever, oppositional response…LOL!
by the way…i answered your question…if you don’t like the answer…that’s to bad sport…
I don’t find them unreasonable, you are unreasonable,,,your whole presentation is “you” posing as some adroit debater…wanting to engage at “all costs”…I would imagine you are rather lonely…have you ever been diagnosed with a personality disorder oily?….
The Great Stanton – we do have a civility rule here. The people from Flowers for Algernon break it regularly, are you from there?
LOL How does one “pose as a clever debater”? Either you are or you are not. I don’t make any claim to debate skills; I simply ask questions for clarity and/or understanding. I do that to learn because often times what I reason to be true is completely out of alignment with others. Isn’t that how we learn? If this blog failed to teach me anything then I wouldn’t bother with it.
If you find my questions unreasonable then let me know and I’ll attempt to rephrase them. If on the other hand you simply have no reasonable answer then It’s not me doing the posing.
it’s a figure of speech oily…he was a tough president, who made tough decisions in crunch time…i admire the man for making those decisions, when the going got tough…let’s put it it this way oily…i read your post’s and you “pose” as some clever debater…you are lost in the sauce pal…have a nice day sport…
What qualities of Truman does that invoke for you? Put another way; can you define that in terms of principles without the common reference to labels?
I’m a Harry Truman Democrat…’give em’ hell harry!
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