We Provide Solutions To Our Worlds Problems
Our planet is becoming more polluted everyday. Our air is dirty, our streams are contaminated, and our soil is infertile. But dont worry this can all be reversed, by applying these solutions!!!
Our biggest problem today is the drought. The Tulare town of porterville has 500 residents without drinking water http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/us/california-drought-tulare-county.html
Our landfills are nearing capacity in every part of the Country and over 65% of our trash is compostable according to the EPA http://www.epa.gov/osw/wycd/catbook/what.htm
Pesticides and syntetic fertilizers pollute ground and river water, sterilize the soil, have been linked to the disappearance of honey bees, and are not good for your health. http://water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html
We can catch and store water from our roofs. For every square foot of your home you can catch .623 gallons of water per inch of rain. Modesto recieves apporximately 9 inches of rain a year according to Modesto Irrigation Distric http://www.mid.org/weather/wthr-hist2.jsp
(1000 sq ft) x (.623 gallons per sq ft) x (9" of rain) =5607 gallons of water
This means that a 1000 sq ft home in Modesto can catch 5,706 gallons of water a year! Thats over 2 tons of water! We can also plant drought tolerant landscapes that can thrive on virtually zero additional irrigation.
So this is an obvious answer, Composting our paper, yard trimmings and food waste will dramatically reduce the rate our landfills are expanding. Anyone can compost. Worm bins even allow those who live in an apartment to compost. If you have the space chickens are the best way to process our compost because the provide immediate protien via eggs and also provide excellent fertilizer for your soil (chicken manure).
If we grow our own food we can insure that no pesticides are polluting our food, gound water, or streams. The main reason that pesticides become necessary is because of mono cropping (the planting of only one type of crop). This allows for one pest to take over entire fields. If you diversify your garden with companion plants and beneficial flowers one pest cannot take over your garden due to the diversity of phytochemicals(chemicals that plants naturally contain to fight off pests and disease)http://www.phytochemicals.info/. Whats even better is that planting a variety of these plants containing phytochemicals is extremely beneficial to your health as well. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/phytochemicals