Soil And Old Paint Cause Rampant Lead Poisoning
Flint, Michigan doesn't usually find itself making headlines for good reasons. Of late, it's found itself in the national consciousness for its brown water and high levels of lead pollution. Not that the rest of us are necessarily any better off.
Might as well just wrap this around the entire country.
The truth is, if you're living in an urban area, odds are pretty good you've been exposed to unsafe levels of lead. Research by the Center For Disease Control shows "over 40 percent of the states that reported lead test results in 2014 have higher rates of lead poisoning among children than Flint." And the good news doesn't stop there. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to lead causes irreversible and significant behavioral and developmental problems in children that affect them throughout their lives. Long-term, this means communities will have to meet "the rising demand for special education and juvenile corrections programs that will emerge once lead is translated into reduced IQs, shortened attention spans, and greater incidences of violence." Basically, we're poisoning an entire generation of children into being violent, brain-damaged adults, like a whole new crop of Roman emperors.
Delicious but deadly.
How the hell are we consuming all this lead, you ask? Well, lead doesn't break down, so all the rich, delicious lead formerly used in things like gasoline and paint has stubbornly remained in the environment, seeping into the soil and water supplies and just contaminating the ever-loving balls out of everything. Those living in urban environments are more likely to come in contact with these contaminated materials (because cities have more cars and more buildings), meaning it's us city dwellers who bear the brunt of this risk.
Still. Can you put a price on the convenience of living within walking distance of three Pinkberrys?
Reduced IQ and attention spans? Probably worth it, yeah.
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