The Environmental Protection Agency pollution diet calls for a reduction in nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff by 2025 in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia; areas whose waterways drain to the Chesapeake Bay, a national treasure and America’s largest estuary. The Bay is a victim of our human habits. We develop the land; dump chemicals into the air and water; and over harvest wildlife. We can be narrowed down to the moneyed interests in the building, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. But, we the people are casualties as well. We the people support those industries and we suffer the consequences in our wallets and health. We live and work in those buildings; we purchase cleaning supplies and medicines; and we eat food produced on large factory farms.
We need to go on a pollution diet. We need to reduce our desires for big homes and big cars; wishes for floors clean enough to eat off; craving for drugs to alleviate the slightest of discomfort; and want for platefuls of inexpensive food. If we do so in huge numbers, the market will notice and adjust. If we push our legislators, the adjustment may happen sooner.
Start your own pollution diet and spread the news. Ask how you contribute to the disaster that is our environment. Ask if you can live without certain cleaning supplies and medicines. Answer with your habits and how you can regulate yourself and reduce your contribution to pollution. How about trying a nap or glass of water instead of taking a headache drug? What about vinegar to wash windows instead of commercial window cleaner? Why not buy organic vegetables instead of vegetables from the food industry giants? There are so many things you can do to reduce your footprint on the world. In doing so, you may improve your health; lose weight; and beautify your surroundings. You are the consumer and you have a choice whether or not to pollute your body and your environment. Here are a few diets to consider:
No lawn fertilizer
Smaller grass-only lawns (plant shrubs and trees)
No watering grass
Homemade or natural cleaning supplies
Cold water for laundry
Donate unwanted goods instead of trash
Reduce use of electricity, gas, oil
Avoid or minimize use of medicine (unless severe medical condition)
Avoid enhancement or boutique drugs, chemicals, hormones, cosmetics
Go natural hair
Intake less food and exercise more
Drink more water
Eat organic as much as feasible and buy from local sources
Avoid processed foods
Eat chemical and hormone free meat
I’m on a diet and I’m looking forward to losing the weight of clutter and chubbiness from my life. Tell me what diet works for you.