This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Good Evening, God
This verse — spoken by Moses over 3,000 years ago — has been popping up in my heart for many months. WHY?
I see so many situations in which we as a Species seem to be choosing Death. Industrial Agriculture has been killing our soil for generations. It took a book by Vandana Shiva to open my eyes! The incredible number and complexity of microbial life plus earthworms and bugs cannot live in the ongoing baths of herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizer. This dead soil currently is unable to absorb and hold that water and carbon that it was designed to hold.
Sigh. And the runoffs from these toxins are flowing downstream and creating a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t the only dead zone. Although these dead zone are primarily in the summer they have long term effects on the entire area.
But, the Good News is that there ARE things that can be done to reduce the seasonal dead zone. After all, God, I want to focus on LIFE.
Still, I do wonder WHY there is not a more concerted effort to turn privately held farms toward regenerative agriculture — toward LIFE. But, there are signs of hope. The Nature Conservancy seems to be stepping up to the challenge. And I just found a new non-profit called Kiss the Ground which is raising money to transition 5,000 farmers to regenerative agriculture and to train 25,000 leaders!
So, I am feeling better, God! I am seeing hope coming! I am turning my head to look toward Life! And I am pledging a donation to Kiss the Ground!