An Iowa cornfield run by the National Science Foundation
Good Evening, God
I seem to be in the pathway of a FLOOD of information I would rather not know. But, since I am a “sharer” I am going to pass some of the information on. From Vandana Shiva I had learned that industrial farming basically destroys the health of the soil. This requires genetically modified seed that can resist the chemicals applied as fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. Oops! There went my childhood image of the glorious green revolution! Like often happens, the few are reaping the profits while those on the bottom are paying the increasing costs.
However, today I got hit by a new factoid in the book Apocalyptic Planet. Atrazine — one of the most commonly used herbicides in fields like the one above — has been “found to cause reproductive dysfunction in amphibians, fish, reptiles, and mammals.” (Page 196) You can buy it at Target and even on eBay.
Oh, I thought. That probably means lowered fertility. Well, it also means that there is “a common association between exposure to the herbicide and the “feminization” of male gonads in many animals, and sometimes complete sexual reversal, where males actually become females”. Hmm.
It made me think of how — when lead was removed from gasoline — the incidence of violent crime has declined every year since. Yes, toxins do affect us humans.
The BIG Companies involved in Industrial Agriculture have lots and lots of money to lobby and to “explain” why things have to stay the way they are. But, really, God! The Big Picture, doesn’t seem that hard to see! Although, to quote Upton Sinclair, “It is hard to get a man to understand something if his livelihood depends on his not understanding it”. And — I will add — it is hard if his peace of mind depends on not understanding.