Did you make any new year’s resolutions (sich etwas gutes vornehmen)for 2011?
Are you going to start a diet, stop smoking, learn a new skill (Fähigkeit) like English 😉 or maybe do something green?
This year I would like to buy as many organic (bio) products as possible. I have already been doing so for a long time but this year I want to see if I can go completely green!
With the dioxin scandal in Germany this month I think it is the only way to prevent (verhindern) poisoning (vergiften) yourself through food.
Wikipedia gives some interesting facts about Dioxin:
“The most toxic (giftig) dioxin, (TCDD), became well known as a contaminant (Verunreinigung) of Agent Orange, a herbicide (Unkrautvertilgungsmittel) used in the Vietnam War.
In 1963, a dioxin cloud escaped after an explosion in a Philips-Duphar plant (now Solvay Group) near Amsterdam. The plant was so polluted with dioxin after the accident that it had to be dismantled (demontieren), embedded (einbetten) in concrete (beton), and dumped (loswerden) into the ocean.
More recently, dioxins have been in the news with the poisoning of President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine in 2004, the Naples Mozzarella Crisis, the Irish pork crisis of 2008, and today’s German feed crisis (pork and poultry) (schweinefleisch und geflügel) of 2011. See also a video about the latter on:
Some of the symptoms (krankheitszeichen) of dioxin poisoining are:
Nausea (Übelkeit), vomiting (erbrechen), stomach pains (bauchschmerzen) and loss of appetite (Appetitverlust).“
Well, I must admit that I have been nauseous for the past two weeks, so I do hope that I haven’t been poisoned through eating eggs. You don’t hear any warnings for not eating cakes and here in Germany ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ after a nice walk through the woods, is the most popular Sunday pastime (Zeitvertreib).
I wish you all lots of success with learning English this year and being environmentally friendly (Umweltfreundlich) before we poison ourselves.