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Steve Mills

Garden Club meeting Friday the 11th. The Chinese City reality.

Posted Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 8:52 PM
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  • Businesses that seemed to be locally owned were not shy to grow a veggie here and there. Wherever they could find room for a pot and could get some sun.

    That is not that uncommon with numerous ethnicities even here in the US. You will notice them around the corners of some of our business here in Shelbyville.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Oct 5, 2013, at 8:56 PM
  • I just thought about it this morning that the sky in the pictures above are blue. This was a rare site for me while I was in Beijing. The first two days were relatively clear but after that the smog started taking over to the point of shutting down any extended sightseeing trips into the city.

    There were several places that my friends wanted to take me and we could have ridden the subway or taken a cab but after that I would have to walk blocks worth of walking to see the full majesty of it all. I chose not to go.

    The reason? After two blocks of walking my chest was hurting big time and while I knew it was not a heart attack, it could not be helping my heart so I had to stop. I got back home and sure enough, my lungs were crackling and on the verge of something more.

    I am still coughing up the remnants of Beijing smog. What a pity that such an opportunity had to be cut short for that reason.

    Today I noticed in a Beijing paper that "China recently issued a 1.75 trillion-yuan (284.2 billion U.S. dollars) plan to tackle the worsening air, pledging to improve air quality within five years in order to decrease the number of heavily polluted days and improve the air in major city clusters."

    Surprisingly, or maybe not, there is a growing movement on growing food organically. I met a Chinese official from the Ministry of Agriculture over ten years ago touring the Organic Gardening farm in Emmaus PA location. His interest and research may have spawned the government policies.

    The everyday people know that their life expectancy is reduced 5 or more years by this pollution. It is just a tough society to make change so they seem resigned to their fate.

    This is not meant to be a political statement about the Chinese government. The fact that they are recognizing and responding to this is encouraging.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 6, 2013, at 7:40 AM
  • The organic operations were being supervised by non-Chinese but the reports I saw never went into depth as to what they were using or how they defined organic.

    They did appear to be in the more rural areas so at least they were not being raised in the smog belts that I experienced.n With that type of air, I doubt that anything could have been classified as organic.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 6, 2013, at 7:20 PM
  • Whew, Fall has shown up suddenly. Good thing that it reminded me though. I was getting lulled into not getting ready for winter.

    That said, I noticed some extra projects I need to work on now that it is cool, besides cutting wood, getting the garden ready, straightening up a tractor shed, cleaning the furnace flue, realigning the back deck, etc., etc..

    Oh yes, I forgot the wood chip piles that need moving up to our gardens. How could I be so silly.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 7, 2013, at 7:25 PM
  • As far as I know...I will be there...I have some spaghetti squash seeds if anyone wants them, I will bring them...wish I had the space...maybe I will find a spot for at least a couple plants..I can't wait to taste that bitter melon...talk about pollution, I remember as a teen going to nashville and the air was thick and had a yellow tent over downtown...it sure looks and smells better now..with such a heavy population in China I am sure the government will have to curb emissions before they have to pay for breathing problems for their people...they do manufacture a lot of things...I guess though they are just now getting a handle on the pollution.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 8, 2013, at 9:15 AM
  • I hope you still like the bitter melon after you try it. LOL

    The general impression I got from those there is that the government does not really care about their health, but eventually they will have to and maybe that time has arrived.

    There are some here who think the same about our government.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 8, 2013, at 10:11 AM
  • Seems our federal government don't bother with anything unless it personally affects them...like re-election...I am beginning to wonder if pollution has already got to them...on an evaluation I would have to mark "true" on the "Don't play well with other children" box!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 8, 2013, at 11:44 AM
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