Lessons from the Past
My great-grandfather taught engineering in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a child I read his books from the 1890’s about London’s environmental and engineering problems. One problem was air pollution so severe the air was black at times and hard to breathe. Most people remember coal heating and energy as a major problem for newly industrialized London.
Another environmental problem most people do not remember was actually more horrifying. There were graphs showing the first story and a half of all London could be buried under this pollution by the 1940’s. Do you know what it was? The pollution problem was horse manure. London today does not use coal heat or horse drawn carriages, and the companion pollution problems are gone.
In 1967, bald eagles were officially declared an endangered species. DDT was banned for use in the US June 14, 1972. The American Bald Eagle is now repopulating.
In the United states, the USDA defines organic production as “a production system that … integrat[es] cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.” In accordance with this definition, the first National Standard Certified System was passed in the United States in 1990. This act was a response to growing consumer concern for health and the environment and research proving the harm unnecessary pesticides cause to water and soil supplies.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, after World War II, use of the pesticide DDT became common on American farms. The pesticide washed into rivers, streams and lakes contaminating fish. Many eagles feeding on contaminated fish became sterile or their eggs so weakened the young did not survive. In 1967, bald eagles were officially declared an endangered species (under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973). DDT was banned for use in the US June 14, 1972. The American Bald Eagle is now repopulating.
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Thanks to public health and environmental advocacy, people are consciously making more responsible and sustainable purchasing decisions, and thanks to them organic options are becoming more and more available, benefiting farmers, communities, and the world. Buying products such as organic cotton sheets and towels from Anna Sova Luxury Organics shows an eco-responsible choice that doesn’t mean sacrificing high quality European finishing.