Plastic usage is impacting our food, water systems… It’s time to make changes

Single use plastic bottles.

If you like eating plastic, you can stop reading now. On the off chance that you are concerned about consuming plastics, or the chemicals they could be leaching into your food and drinking water, read on.

Plastic waste has been a problem for years. If you need evidence of that, do a quick internet search on the Great Pacific garbage patch, or even better, take a walk along a local river or ocean beach. Most likely you will see some sort of plastic trash along your journey. But, not all plastic pollution is easy to see, and not all of it is as simple to remove as plucking a flower.

Our lives are enmeshed with plastics — from the computer or phone you are most likely reading this on to the toys your children play with to the containers your food comes in. It’s literally everywhere, and it’s even becoming a part of our food system.

“Ultimately, now, we are seeing the fish that we like to catch and eat have microplastics in them,” said Patrick Schwing, research associate at the University of South Florida and adjunct professor at Eckerd College. “The things that we have produced and thrown away are now ending up on our dinner plates, so that is a direct impact on how plastics affect the environment.”
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North Carolina agrihood seeks to redefine community living

Rick Bagel, managing partner of Wetrock Resources, LLC, holds the plans to Wetrock Farm.

In the small, rural community of Bahama just north of Durham, N.C., a freshly paved road winds through the middle of two pastoral fields filled with wildflowers, past a burgeoning orchard, and into the middle of a clearing surrounded by a lush green forest. This road is the beginning of a first for the area — an agrihood.

What was once a working farm and then a hunting club, the land is being transformed once more to create a sustainable community where local food is at the center. This is where the agrihood, Wetrock Farm, is growing from the ground up. Read More