Thursday, 25 May 2023

Falling sperm counts....noooo, count again, please

Some interesting reports I read were about the falling sperm count of human males. Interesting? Well yes, perhaps because it throws open some possible futures. One of which is the demise of the human race. In that case it wouldn’t be sudden like a thunderclap from heaven. One day there are 8 billion humans and the following day there are none. No, it wouldn’t be like that. It would be more like a slow dance towards oblivion taking two or three or even more generations. Less and less babies being born and those that are would suffer a greater number of degenerative conditions. Frankly, come to think of it, it is already happening! There is no need to ask why – it is simply the way we live, the things we manufacture. People generally are not aware what the plastics industry has and still is, doing to us. Not just us either, all species suffer from our indiscriminate use of chemicals. Manufacturers like Ineos, which is a global chemical company. INEOS products are essential in the modern world. As the ads say: 

Petrochemicals are used in a wide range of end-market applications to save lives, improve health and enhance standards of living. 

You note the double speak and use of grammar? They do not just say they produce petro-chemicals that are used in plastics manufacture; no, they say ‘improve health'. Well, I have news, the products are used to improve health but the constituents are making us ill. I am not a chemical graduate or technician but I do think that there is enough evidence on the Internet and in written reports that show our indiscriminate use of chemicals in any industry is harmful to life. 

As we are not likely to change our attitudes, or even our will to lead a better existence, things will develop as they do already. Every action, whatever it is, has a result and an outcome. You throw a ball up in the air and it will not land on the moon because it will fall down to the ground . It might even fall on your head. You produce a chemical and that will do its job for which it was designed. But it also can and mostly will interfere with whatever else is around. Human cells consist of few special chemicals, there is water obviously, sodium, potassium, calcium and more. So, a complex thing finely balanced. If this finely balanced cell comes into touch with say a compound which is a constituent of plastic, it might react or even gets out of kilter and gets destroyed. 

It is not my intention to write a treatise on cancers but you, I hope, see my drift. Can we stop this? Can we stop the proliferation of compounds harmful to life? Yes, of course we can but do we really want to? These are the questions I would like to see addressed by our very intelligent species that sits on the hallowed green benches in Parliament. Rather than shouting at each other and addressing issues like did so-and-so have a drink before Christmas whilst the pandemic raged? Well, all they are concerned with is whether they will get an increase in stipend this year. And INEOS will have the green light to carry on because they spend a lot of their money on supporting sport. Nice. Anyone for a bit of Tupperware? By the way, what happened to them? Couldn’t find more people to have a party? No, really?

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