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Watering for Success THE GREAT TOMATO CONTEST
Chemicals like chlorine can significantly damage our bodies, but due to our built-in filtration system, the damage often goes unnoticed. Still, even that internal process deteriorates over time, especially when we consume harmful substances. When I was a second lieutenant in my sailing days, I had to participate in a contest that puts this idea into perspective. If you’re a second officer, then you’re the most likely to handle odd tasks, like judging staff competitions or painting. However, my captain and the chief officer were always talking about retirement activities, and their most frequent topic of discussion was farming. However, their ideas of how to water crops and plants differed vastly. The captain preferred the reverse osmosis water-filtering process, while the chief officer thought chlorinated water was best for plants. To settle the argument, they tasked me with caring for two different tomato plants using their respective preferred methods. Before departing on a four- month voyage to Ukraine, we stocked
the competition, it was evident that the chief officer’s plant wasn’t growing very well. I was starting to notice brown spots all over the leaves, and it was only half as tall as the one being fed water from reverse osmosis. As we neared the dock in Ukraine, we were seeing that the captain’s plant was growing far more tomatoes. When it came time to enjoy the fruits of my labor, no one even tried the tomatoes fed by chlorine! In the ‘50s, we had no idea that chlorine was so damaging, but that was then. Now, in 2020, we can take advantage of all the knowledge and technology at our disposal to protect ourselves and our environment. According to the United States Geological Survey, 80% of our streams contain pharmaceuticals and personal care products, including antidepressants and heart medications. Currently, there are no government regulations that restrict this or require filtering them from our water supply.
If you’re worried that chemicals may be getting through the current water
all the soil, pots, and plants needed. Tending to two plants aboard a ship entailed finding adequate sunlight, then watering the captain’s plant from the engine room using reverse osmosis and the first officer’s plant with chlorinated water from our emergency supply onboard.
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Naturally, as the trip went on, the rest of the crew got wind of the experiment and started betting on the plants! But, just two months into
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