Stop Popping Pills to Fish

Antibiotics are over used, and the bacteria that antibiotics kill are managing to mutate quickly enough to prevent their own extinction, and as a result antibiotics are mutating into bacteria that resist antibiotics. Humans, we are told, should take fewer antibiotics, but suffer more easily the consequences of some of the illnesses which antibiotics fight. But the antibiotic problem is not caused by prescriptions to humans. Continue reading

Time for Harvesting

In the northern hemisphere at temperate latitudes it is the time of the year when harvests are brought in. The small proportion of people who work the land to produce the food for the vast majority of us, will reap what they have sown. Some harvests will be successful and others will fail. Some crops have and an exceptionally good year while others an exceptionally bad year. Continue reading

Keep it simple, keep it small

It is important to recycle that which we no longer need. We carefully separate our paper, plastic, metal and other waste. Many of us are given separate rubbish containers. There are laws requiring us to do this, because if we do not recycle our waste the two bad very undesirable things happen to it. Either it is dumped in landfill, which wrecks the environment and often produces a dangerous and unhealthy land frequently emitting greenhouse gases and pollution, or it is burnt, adding to atmospheric carbon dioxide and particulates in the atmosphere. Some atmospheric particulates are carcinogenic while others make breathing difficult, especially for the elderly and the asthmatic. Continue reading

The Plight of the Bumble Bee

When Arthur Conan Doyle retired Sherlock Holmes for the last time, he had the fictional detective spending his retirement keeping bees. It is, like coarse fishing, a most innocent occupation. Bees live in hives and serve for humans two purposes. They product honey, and everyone needs a little honey in their lives, and they pollenate plants. Continue reading

America’s Growing Dead Sea

In the developed world we grow a lot of crops these days. Each crop is larger, stronger and more plentiful than before, each field and farm produces more. The reason for this is that we protect the crops with pesticides and enhance the crops with genetic modification and fertilisers, mainly nitrates and phosphates. In producing more food we are eating more of it and becoming fatter and in some cases obese. That is the effect of abundance upon some parts of humanity, while other parts of our species starve. Continue reading