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Failure: How Has Humanity Poisoned Our Mother?

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Imagine waking up one morning and looking out of your window only to find the Earth stripped of its vegetation, thick clouds of smog filled with death floating by your window, and your neighbor struggling to the fetch the newspaper because he has been stricken with an incurable illness or disease, all because humanity has failed to be a good steward to the Earth. But what does it mean to be a good steward to the Earth? A good steward who cares for the Earth is one who does her part to take care of the Earth and encourages others to do the same. A good steward for the Earth is conscious of how her lifestyle adds to the disruption of Earth’s atmospheric balance. Furthermore, to be a good ...view middle of the document...

To begin, humanity’s refusal to be a good steward for the Earth has led to hazardous chemicals being consumed in drinking water. A chemical can be defined as a distinct compound or substance, especially one that has been artificially prepared or purified. Chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, and nitrates are found in the pesticides and herbicides that farmers use to deter troublesome insects and weeds from invading their crops as well as chemical gases from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). When drinking water is contaminated with these chemicals, mainly because of surface runoff, humans face minor to severe consequences that range from frequent headaches and nausea and dizziness, to irreversible brain damage, incurable cancers, and ultimately death (Sierra Club. “Facts about CAFOs.” Web). Not only are hazardous chemicals found in our drinking water, but also in our food. This angers me because I assume my drinking water is safe. I assume that my city officials would not allow such chemicals and harmful metals to collect in drinking water supplies. This also upsets me because until now, I have not been well-informed on the threats posed to my health from chemicals found in the foods I consume.
In addition, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are harmful to human health. I found that over 168 gases are emitted from CAFO waste, including hazardous chemicals. The main products of CAFOs are phosphorus and nitrogen, which are nutritious for plants, as well as the chemicals used in livestock care, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, cleaning agents, and heavy metals (Sierra Club. “Facts about CAFOs”. Web). This means that neighboring water sources are vulnerable to contamination through groundwater, runoff, and rainwater in drains which is detrimental to human health. Exposure to harmful chemicals poses a threat before we are even born. For instance, as a young woman consistently consumes the tainted water, the chemicals collect in her body and eventually poison the woman’s womb. When the woman conceives, the fetus develops in an environment predisposed to harmful chemicals. After birth, the mother will nourish her newborn either with breast milk, which still contains the chemicals in her body, or formula, which contains chemicals introduced by the manufactures. In David Hosansky’s article, “Regulating Pesticides”, I found that every day, more than 1 million children eat an unsafe dose of the pesticide, organophosphates. I also found that other reports by the organization, Environmental Working Group, found probable carcinogens and neurotoxins in commercial baby food (Hosansky, David. “Regulating Pesticides.” Web). As an expectant mother, this finding horrifies and rages me to know that probable cancer-causing substances and poisons that attack the nervous system are lurking in foods I would have chosen to provide my child with nutrients for growth and development.
In like manner, humanity’s refusal to be a good...

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