Steroids didn't really ruin Earth Day, celebrated by President Obama who flew into Newton Iowa, about an hour from. However, studies show a significant amount of the drugs in ground water.
It’s been 39 years since the first official Earth Day in 1970. Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as a protest "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.” And, according the Earthday.net, the world of unaddressed pollution being accepted as the “smell of prosperity” would no longer be the norm.
Unfortunately, it seems that the original message has been subtly redefined. Yes, we have made major strides at reducing visible pollution, but our poisoning of our planet continues unabated. We decided that carbon dioxide made our air look bad and worked to curtail its emissions. At the same time, a much more insidious toxin called carbon monoxide became predominant in carbon emissions.
Plants, those green things we count on to provide us with oxygen, take carbon dioxide and turn it into breathable oxygen for the planet and turn the carbon into their own growth. On the other hand, carbon monoxide is highly toxic, although useful in a myriad of chemical application.
We don’t see nearly as much garbage in our rivers and streams as we did 40 years ago, but groundwater contamination from invisible, man made, pollutants is a huge problem. We genetically modify and chemically alter our foods now. We modify animal feed to fatten them up quicker for market purposes. Steroids and antibiotics are also used to fatten up the animals we eat. And we spray our foods with pesticides to improve our crop yields. Is this good for us?
Don't blame us. We ate some delicious antibiotic free chicken at Panera the other day. No mention of steroids or not...