Below are some facts I found through the Smithsonian on the health of oceans after news of Fukushima radiation leaks into the Pacific had me putting my sea salt back in the cupboard and reaching for the Morton's. Am I being ridiculous in thinking that the sea salt craze may need to be reconsidered? I did a quick Google search on the safety of sea salt and came up empty handed. Is there a scientist out there with some input?
Oil spills account for only about five percent of the oil entering the oceans.
Waters sewage treatment plants discharge twice as much oil each year as tanker spills.
Each year industrial, household cleaning, gardening, and automotive products pollute water.
It is estimated that medical waste that washed up onto Long Island and New Jersey beaches in the summer of 1988 cost as much as $3 billion in lost revenue from tourism and recreation.
The most frequently found item in beach cleanups is pieces of plastic. The next four items are plastic foam, plastic utensils, pieces of glass and cigarette butts.
Air pollution is responsible for almost one-third of the toxic contaminants and nutrients that enter coastal areas and oceans.
In 1993, United States beaches were closed or swimmers advised not to get in the water over 2,400 times because of sewage contamination.
There are 109 countries with coral reefs. Reefs in 90 of them are being damaged by cruise ship anchors and sewage.
**I should add that I understand the impossibility of reducing chemical interference in one's life to zero. I'm just saying that recently sea salt's been giving me the heebie-jeebies.
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