||Why ecology is important to economics
Economic/ecologic relations explains how economics and ecology can be connected instead of separated, to help understand costs associated with the production, use, and disposal of natural resources. For example, chemical injury occurs in production at points of extraction, manufacture, use, and disposal of materials used in, and discarded from, the process. Indicators of injury are present in the effects of pollution like the Walkerton event.
Economic indicators help describe the impact of chemical use and poor control. Money is spent preventing illness and treating illness. But, if an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then the wiser, more economic choice is to spend the money on prevention. This becomes even more imperative as legal entanglements for compensation and protection from harm increase along with the rate of chemical injury to humans and the environment. Given the uncertainty in our scientific knowledge and management capabilities, to err on the side of caution and take a precautionary approach is a choice that fosters help, not harm.
The denial of economic responsibility for injury and harm coming from chemical producers, users, and their insurers, sends the clear message that avoidance must replace use if the overall cost of quality in life is to be reduced. Prevention, the wiser more economic choice, may require spending a little more money to purchase better quality natural products. However, the net result will improve health, reduce health care costs, reduce the costs of environmental clean-up, and encourage more sustainable development. Since the money will be spent anyway, might as well start improving the quality of your life now while there is still some control over it.
The idea that synthetic chemical products are more economical than natural alternatives because market price is lower, ignores the environmental impacts of extraction, production, waste, and health care treatment. The buy now, pay later, economic deception continues to hypnotize users and consumers. Chemical producers laugh all the way to the bank, selling products that injure, drugs that treat the injuries, and promote a social psychopathology of denial and mistreatment of the growing number of injuries.
Genuine concern for better economical and ecological relations must include everyone, and avoid confrontations that only serve to promote or protect private interest. While it may be argued that chemical engineering and technology is an important part of society and economy, chemical manufacture and disposal must also be put in the proper place, from cradle to grave, using better control measures.
Withdrawal from chemical dependancy is economically and ecologically healthy. Clever advertising, promotion, and deception no longer stand up to the reality of increasing chemical injury and decreasing access to treatment. The consumer has always had the choice to drive the market. Natural alternatives are available. Designing PEC for the maximum benefit to all concerned is promoted by the information in this web site. Be informed. Choose wisely.
Improve the quality of your life and you improve the quality of life for everyone else.