Ecological Material Management -
of global aspects in environmental planning
By Dr. Norbert Kopytziok
Landesamt für Natur und Umwelt des Landes Schleswig-Holstein
(Publ.State Bureau for Nature and Environment of Schleswig-Holstein):
Annual Report 1999. Flintbek 2000
When buying fruit
and vegetables it is now required that the country of origin be marked
on the product. Thus we learn not only that bananas come from Costa
Rica, but also apples from South Africa, onions from New Zealand and
nuts are available from the USA. Other groceries show the producing
company and often the location of production as well. Thus the contents
of a container of joghurt produced in Germany may be from a combination
of ingredients from several countries. For production and processing
all the way to the sale of a fruit joghurt, an overall transport of
over 9000 km are required.
This example points to the interlocking nature of the world,
which is then connected to regional effects. This interconnectedness
is based on "world-wide production networks" which set enormous
material streams in motion.
In the enclosed article the technical spectrum for mass streams
will be noted, whose end station is waste.
- Text in German
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