When Food Destroys Nature

When Food Destroys Nature

from a close call with tapioca to an environmental catastrophe this is what happens when food destroys nature before we begin be sure to subscribe – they will kill you hit the like button and request any topics you'd like to learn about in the comments section below number eight tapioca timebomb in 1972 a swiss freighter called casa wrecked almost turned into a Tapioca time bomb at cardiff bay while at sea the timber from the freighters up a halt caught fire for many days the crew tried to put out the blaze but caseinate was ultimately forced to make an emergency stop in the Welsh Bay at the time it was carrying 1,500 tonnes of Thai tapioca firefighters arrived on boats and managed to control the blaze before it destroyed the ship however the water used to extinguish the fire got to the cargo hold the combination of water and the heat from the fire cooked the tapioca into what was probably the world's largest pudding the entire ship basically turned into a giant steam oven as the boiling mixture swelled and expanded it threatened to burst the freighters steel plating fortunately the situation was contained before the sticky mess could destroy the ship the only thing left to do was to dispose of the giant mass of pudding which was reportedly enough to fill 500 trucks number 7 norwegian tunnel fire in january 2013 norwegian authorities had to close a tunnel and two miles of road due to a raging fire it originated from a truck carrying a flammable food item upon seeing that his truck had caught fire the driver abandoned it about 1,000 feet from the tunnels sudden entrance the tunnel burned for five days and smoldering toxic gases slow down the recovery operation emergency services couldn't go in until it was safe fortunately was hurt but the noxious gases fumes released in the air meant the tunnel would remain closed off for several weeks before we move on it's time for our quiz question what was the truck carrying that made it burst into flames so violently was it a dough cheese B alcohol based sauces C flour D cooking oil let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned to find out the right answer number six London beer flood to sum a raging river of beer might sound like the ideal scenario however for the people of one London neighborhood it was nothing of the sort the London beer flood took place on October 17th 1814 a giant vat containing over 135,000 gallons of beer ruptured at the Moen company brewery in Tottenham Court Road it triggered a domino effect in the brewery and other vats ruptured as well a wave consisting of over three hundred and twenty-three thousand gallons of beer rushed through the streets it destroyed several homes and brought down the wall of a pub called Tavistock Arms 8 people lost their lives in the flood and many others were injured the judge and jury ruled the incident as an act of God so no responsible parties ever emerged number 5 Boston molasses disaster if you're unfamiliar with molasses all you really need to know is that it's a type of viscous syrup derived from refining sugar beets or sugar cane also known as black treacle is primarily used for flavoring and sweetening foods on January the 15th 1919 in Boston's North End neighborhood a large storage tank burst and a devastating wave of molasses swept through the streets the incident was a combination of structural defects in the tank and unseasonable warm temperatures which caused pressure to build up side 2.3 million gallons of molasses rushed through the neighborhood at an estimated speed of 35 miles per hour 21 people lost their lives and at least 150 others were injured the Dead was so glazed over in molasses that they were almost unrecognizable some were crushed or drowned by the wave and the debris it carried others were trapped as the substance became viscous making rescue efforts even harder Boston residents claimed that even decades later on warm summer days the area's still smelled of molasses needless to say the air quality in the incidents immediate aftermath was greatly diminished number four methane from cows methane is a chemical component and the main constituent of natural gas it has been proven to be much more dangerous for the environment than carbon dioxide that's because it's heat trapping capabilities are roughly 20 times greater hence it becomes a major contributor to global warming although less prevalence in the atmosphere methane has been described as the most destructive greenhouse gas component according to scientific reports a significant portion of methane pollution comes from cows which release it into the atmosphere as part of their biological processes it's generated by microbes that are involved in the cows digestion some of which produce methane as a by-product there are approximately 2 billion cows and farms all over the world they're a major source of food for Humanity whether it's in the form of beef or dairy products this means that through the demand for cow products and the consequential farming efforts were actively harming the environment it's a prime example of the destructive effect food can have on nature however there are ways of combating it that don't necessarily involve change in our lifestyle one significant method is changing the cow's diet to include probiotics which greatly reduce their methane production number 3 waste food waste occurs all over the world it happens with retailers when they oversupply or reject food based on their standards of quality and aesthetics it also happens with people preparing too much and end up throwing away food the impact on the environment in certain cases is fairly obvious the processing transportation storage and preparation of food take energy and natural resources when food is wasted the impact on the environment would have been for nothing converting wild lands into agricultural sites has been affecting the world's biodiversity for many years yet according to recent food usage statistics millions of acres are dedicated to food that will never consume discarded food also ends up in landfills well it generates large amounts of methane which has previously discussed is very dangerous for the environment so what were the flammable contents of the Norwegian truck believe it or not it was a goat cheese the caramelized brown dairy product is called but honest and it's a delicacy in Norway the truck was carrying about 27 tons of ballast which because of its high content of fat and sugar is quite flammable many were surprised by how a tunnel Inferno could come from something as unthreatening as goat cheese even a Norwegian public roads administration official was quoted as saying I didn't know that brown cheese burned so well number two basra mass poisoning the 1971 Iraq poisoned grain disaster is among the worst instances of mercury poisoning in history bags of grain treated with methyl mercury fungicide were imported in Iraq from Mexico in the u.s. to be used as seed grain droughts had affected the harvests of 1969 Saddam Hussein who was the second most powerful man in the country at the time decided to import mercury coated seed grain for the 1971 season over 100,000 tons of the grain was shipped to Basra that fall however distribution of the grain started after the farmers had already planted their seed the labels on the bag were either in English or Spanish or they displayed the skullenbones symbol none of which the locals understood this combination of factors led to them ingest in the grain mainly through the consumption of homemade bread thousands were hospitalized with mercury poisoning and an estimated 459 people lost their lives although it's been suggested the death toll might have been 10 times greater since methyl mercury can be passed on in the womb newborns were affected as well they may have been as many as 100,000 subsequent cases of brain damage it got so bad that the Iraqi army ordered disposal of the grain and declared capital punishment for anyone who sold it aside from the numerous human casualties the environment was also affected the soil was contaminated with Mercury as were the rivers and lakes number 1 Honolulu Harbor molasses spill for more than three decades a company in Maui produced molasses out of sugarcane which was then shipped to the mainland for processing in September 2013 a faulty pipe led to the spilling of 1,400 tons of the viscous substance into the Honolulu Harbor since there wasn't any contingency plan for dealing with the spill the only hope was that the natural currents would eventually flush the substance out of the water the spill proves catastrophic for the marine wildlife in the harbor and and nearby Lagoon the molasses sank to the seafloor and caused massive deoxygenation which led to death by suffocation of over 26 thousand fish and other marine species a shipping company called Matson Navigation took responsibility for the spill and eventually settled to pay fifteen point four million dollars to the state of Hawaii given that such spills are next to impossible to clean up tighter preventative measures were put in place a new order was issued which required companies pumping products through port pipelines to undergo regular inspections and to have spill response plans in place thanks for watching which of these food-related disasters shocked you the most let us know in the comments section below

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30 thoughts on “When Food Destroys Nature

  1. If global warming is sooooooo deadly, why didnt it end life during the carboneforous era? The fit will adapt and overcome!!! Get over it and go forth..

  2. So the #1 worst disaster was the pipeline leak of thousands of tons of molasses in a Honolulu Harbor and they had no plan in place to take care if they had a disastrous spill. Loss of fish life alone should be treated as a mass murder by man. Wtf did they do with the Molasses, how did it get cleaned up, or did it?

  3. Can't help laughing over the way the narrator says Methane. Meethane too funny

    It IS very toxic so STOP with the damn CAFO'S!!!!

  4. All that molasses… who had enough time to count the sea fatalities? 26,000+ sheesh!
    Hopefully the area is back to thriving!

  5. food waste is bad, specially when you consider how many people are starving from a lack of it, but the methane produced from it decomposing in land fills can be a good thing. Fortis BC, the local gas company, draws it off from the land fills here and sells it to use for our gas stoves ect.
    So here in BC we are making use of this product instead of allowing it to escape and add to the greenhouse effects of pollution.

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