Global issues
Tijana Miljkovic
Apr 11 2010

Small habits make big results

What makes a city healthy? What entitles a city to be called “a healthy city?” Is it cities consisted of healthy citizens, who preserve nature? The earth is full of materials that we just throw away and put to waste rather than use them for productive things. In order to answer these questions we have to look at the root causes, and then make changes whether big or small accordingly. One of the root causes that we will look at is waste disposal, and how it keeps are cities from becoming “healthy cities.”
First let us look at how big of a “waste” food is in cities. We just make food thoughtlessly since we need it as human beings, yet we don’t realize that just wasting food creates a dilemma for not only us but every living thing. If we look at the statistics “American households throw out 1.28 pounds of food a day in their refuse. Annually that is 467.2 lbs/year. This does not include food loss that goes down the garbage disposal, into compost piles, as food to family pets etc.” (Timothy W. Jones. PhD Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology) a big thing that it does is attract small animals such as rats, mice and insects, and bring diseases that could be transferred to humans. Of course we need these creatures since they help the food chain, but if they are brought to cities because of food waste then we are hurting the health of our cities as well as damaging crops or food. If we take a look at pigs being fed food waste we can see that this can cause swine flu or spread pathogens to humans.
Waste, whether it is food, things, or liquids it is polluting and poisoning to human beings. Especially, illegally dumped chemicals and motor oil can contaminate lands, creeks and water supplies. It can seriously disrupt the balance of nature, people could get sick if they were to drink or swim in polluted water, and in extreme cases, can cause human fatalities. In nature, water...