Looking on the local blogs and news sites this morning for something that is both local and controversial, something that isn’t that easy these days, I came across the following article on the Your Thanet website, http://www.yourthanet.co.uk/p_148/Article/a_10306/So_what_did_Thanet_Earth_do_for_Thanet
I have had considerable reservations about Thanet Earth since construction work first started there and have been posting about it for some time, this is an example, http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2008/08/thanet-earth.html
My reservations are mainly environmental ones, a major concern being that there was no need to build it on prime farmland when we already have so many spoilt industrial sites. You have to appreciate that Thanet Earth doesn’t use Thanet’s earth at all, the plants there are grown in chemical cocktail mixed up in water. Science hat on for a moment, to be fair all living things are growing in the chemical cocktail of this planets environment, and although you may go out an buy an “organic vegetable” you would be pretty hard pushed to find an inorganic vegetable.
However the truth is that any old bit of spoiled industrial land would have done for Thanet Earth and bulldozing off prime farmland wasn’t such a good idea. Some of the arguments for Thanet Earth literally don’t hold water. An example of this is that a large proportion of water is saved by collecting rainwater from its roofs, the flaw in this argument is that the water landing on the roofs was previously soaking into the ground and replenishing our natural underground water reservoir.
Here are the rest of my posts about Thanet Earth http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/search/label/Thanet%20Earth for those of you who want a bit more detail.