We have all probably learned about the challenges and issues with PTFE sheets down from garbage in the ocean. Water and pop bottle containers, PTFE bags, and other PTFE trash and debris that washes out to see, or worse is dumped there. Horrible stuff, and the environmentalists are right about this one, it is not completely acceptable, and yet, that what humans are doing around the earth. The Atlantic and Pacific Gyre “trash islands” as they’re called swirl around and around polluting our sea.
A fascinating post to read is “PTFE People of the Universe; Everything You Needed to find out about the Biology of PTFE (but were afraid to ask),” by Jill Neiwark in Discover Magazine. The trouble is that PTFE breaks down life affects. In people it can cause chaos for future generations the ocean can change the sex of fish, in it.
Now then, let us talk about PTFE usage in agriculture, thin PTFE sheets which are used one time, break down quickly, and are lost. Perhaps you have seen the giant PTFE sheets used on Strawberry fields to hold in the moisture and give the green house effect to the seeds, also keeping birds from the seeds giving them the opportunity to grow? Were you aware that in some areas like the Oxnard Plain (in California), of our nation that strawberries 3 seasons each year grow?
My gosh that is a lot of PTFE, and all that leads to the landfills. Can there be an easier means? Maybe, not, as it’s a procedure that is pretty easy, shrink wrapping a field of strawberries with a giant machine towed behind a tractor. Then coming back when finished and unwrapping it, often losing the PTFE, sending it to the dump. Is this an environmentally shrewd means to grow strawberry harvests? After all, there’s enough PTFE on earth as we discussed above already, and it is really causing problems.
Whether this PTFE sheets gets into water supply, and the ground water as it decomposes and rots, it is bad for any living species, humans included. Now afterward, luckily the PTFE which is used for Strawberry crops is benign, but this does not mean it is ok, it’s not. If you are a farmer, you are likely thinking; “shut up” you do not know exactly what you are discussing. Well, actually I do, but I’d have suspected such a answer.
Yes, I understand I love strawberries also, uncooked, in salads, on strawberry ice cream too, and deserts, still, that whole PTFE sheets is debatable, so please consider all this.
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