With a few recent threads on GMOs I felt that a further illumination is necessary for many people to fully grasp what is actually occurring on a
microscopic level with not just our gut micro-biomes, but our biomes everywhere as a result of pesticides, insecticides all of the various toxic
inputs and not so toxic inputs are still driving us rapidly towards a silent doom.
The complex interplay of bacteria, minerals, plant matter, animal matter, gasses and water work together in synergy to form nature in balance. In our
race towards commerce and economic prosperity we have literally plowed our future under. This thread is not intended to become another political
mudslinging festival, but a comprehensive discussion regarding the reality of our present paradigm and how I think the error of this paradigms vision
is indicative of the myriad social problems we are experiencing today.
Goerge Monbiot writing for the Guardian presents the notion quite well:
Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity
crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re finished
if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without seeing it in a newspaper.
Heres the kicker, as described in his very astute article, even if all of the aforementioned were achieved
It’s literally and – it seems – metaphorically, beneath us. To judge by its absence from the media, most journalists consider it unworthy of
consideration. But all human life depends on it. We knew this long ago, but somehow it has been forgotten. As a Sanskrit text written in about 1500BC
noted: “Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty.
Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it.”
Look how we treat this, perhaps 2nd largest organism on earth when taken as a whole..IE our soil. We till under virgin ground destroying unnecessarily
all the micro-organisms, beneficial bacteria, nematodes, mycelium, everything which supports a healthy bio-diversity of rich and abundant plant life.
Then we spray it down with chlorinated water and plant more and more genetically modified crops in order to allow for the use of more and more
pesticides. Oddly enough mono-cropping is what leads to the proliferation of certain weeds as does substandard soil quality and PH derived from the
aforementioned practices. The bacteria destroyed doesn't sound harmful to most, but as science is now discovering a vast portion of Auto Immune
disease are being traced to a lack of gut bacteria! Interestingly enough it seems our forest dwelling cousins in the Amazon may not suffer from Crohns
disease and Colon cancer to name two as a result of a species of gut bacteria we no longer have!
Our bodies are home to trillions of bacteria—collectively known as the microbiome—but it’s unclear how our diet impacts the composition of these
tiny organisms. Some studies have detected differences in the types of gut bacteria in obese and thin people, for example, while others have shown
that hunter-gatherers harbor more diverse gut bacteria than do people in the industrialized world—a difference that may protect preagricultural
communities from Crohn’s disease and colon cancer.
Well what does this all mean? With our population growing exponentially since the Industrial Revolution we have needed an ever increasing supply of
food and shelter. To feed the population we have now under our particular slash and burn policy of Big Agriculture we need an ever increasing amount
of new soil to be able to grow our mass mono-crops which also drive a major portion of our economy...but how we do it is not only unsustainable, it's
also destroying countless millions, if not trillions of the very bacteria we need to live.
To keep up with global food demand, the UN estimates, 6m hectares (14.8m acres) of new farmland will be needed every year. Instead, 12m hectares a
year are lost through soil degradation. We wreck it, then move on, trashing rainforests and other precious habitats as we go.
Globalization while great for joining humanity together as one big family (if that ever happens)is really serving to proffer a destructive model.
Permaculture and Allotment gardens prove time and time again to resolve the problems mentioned above via local small community scaled operations as
well as proliferating the growth and propagation of good bacteria, mycelium atc...
Another paper, by researchers in the UK, shows that soil in allotments – the small patches in towns and cities that people cultivate by hand –
contains a third more organic carbon than agricultural soil and 25% more nitrogen. This is one of the reasons why allotment holders produce between
four and 11 times more food per hectare than do farmers.
What I consider the only solution beyond a mass dropp=off in the worlds population only to continue with the same spiral of destruction down the road,
is permaculture and similar methods of "stewarding nature." (I read somewhere that was what we were charged to do with our time here...but I digress)
Following a basic permaculture method put forward by Sepp Holzer utilizing fallen trees and boughs as a base to build your soil over the top of
accomplishes a multitude of actions. 1st the % moisture in any given tree is significant, once layers of soil and lime etc..are prepared like a giant
lasagna the area is planted with a variety of companion plants which support one another in a variety of ways, the water in the tree, being slowly
released supplements the water needs of the plants, especially under times of stress, encouraging deeper roots and healthier plants. Another benefit
of the tree and the use of large boulders and rocks within the landscape is heat, as the tree slowly composts it creates heat, the rocks gather
thermal mass from the sun and between the two of these agencies the soil is able to keep a much warmer temperature allowing for over wintering of
plants otherwise incapable of surviving colder extremes...in fact Sepp Holzer has gotten so good at this method of growing he has been growing lemons
and peaches at 4000ft. in the Austrain Alps! Once the Tree is much further decomposed its remaining mass acts as a sponge collecting excess rainwater
and snow melt in times of plenty, yielding this moisture in the much needed times of drought.
Pioneers such as Sepp Holzer and Geoff Lawton have achieved remarkable yields of fruit and vegetables in places that seemed unfarmable: 1,100m above
sea level in the Austrian alps, for example, or in the salt-shrivelled Jordanian desert.
So what is it going to be just 60-100 more harvests before we have no more viable soil as some are now saying, or make a major paradigm shift or
This is what topples civilisations. War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the
soil and everything goes with it.
edit on 26-3-2015 by BlueJacket because: syntax