The arteries of our city sewers are blocking up, but that ain’t the worst of it.
The greatest source of fat in our diets used to come from things like chops or Sunday roasts, within my lifetime meat was part of people’s diet twice or three times a week, and the fats would be saved and reused throughout the week. These days thanks to industrialised farming producing much more meat of lower quality, we eat a lot more meat with much higher proportions of fat, while the rise of industrialised processed foods and the needs of more people working longer hours, as per the demands of the industrial economies, has eroded cooking skills, and all fats are poured away. This blocks the sewers, which are already coming under far greater attack as it were from increased rainfall due to climate change, which is coming about not least due to too much CO2 being produced from the increasing industrialisation of all things, not least in processing and distributing foods, and at the source, farming. And to that end biofuels spell the End of the World as we put farmland, with its productive capacity already under pressure from climate change, towards producing biofuels, which have a terrible return of energy input to output, but also pitches the needs of industrial energy demand directly against the needs of mankind to eat – with usable farmland falling in supply, while demand for food and fuel only rises – and demand for fuel to produce food and biofuel – as the world economy grows and numbers of people grow, and their material/dietary demands grow. It may be in this case that the source of biofuel is a waste by-product and not produced directly for power station consumption – but if you build power stations that come to demand this source of fuel then you’re embedding another problem, and not addressing the problem of poor diet, lack of culinary skills, and industrialised agriculture. And we see all this manifest in streets overflowing with shit.