Soil covers most of the land on earth and it’s made up of minerals such as (rock, sand, clay, silt) air, water and matter from dead plants and animals. One of the key components to life of our soil we often forget about are the living organisms that live within the soil, giving life and renewing the very soil that puts the goodness into our food that we eat.
In the US, GMO crops are a common practice in agriculture and while they claim that GMO is a world solution to food shortages, it has shown to cause damage to the environment and while the genes may be altered to deter living creatures, they are also sprayed with herbicides that we still know very little about. Glyphosate is listed as ‘possibly carcinogenetic’, which means that they may cause cancer. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard assessment (OEHHA) has gone one further and made a proposition to ban a number of chemicals and have stated that Glyphosate amongst others causes cancer. Several European countries such as Holland, Denmark and Sweden have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate herbicides by local authorities. These alleged health problems range from cancer, birth defects, Kidney failure and various other health issues. Why do we have the tendency to wage wars on nature to control it, as nature has always shown, it always comes back to life. This can clearly be shown with the use of antibiotics.
Since the 1940’s antibiotics have been life saving for many people, these drugs have greatly reduced serious illnesses and death from various infectious diseases. The bacteria that these antibiotics have so effectively been killing have now adapted to these drugs and we are now heading towards a time where antibiotics will know longer be effective with potentially all bacterial infections. According to the CDC at least 2 million people will become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people will die each year from the infections. Although antibiotics have served millions of people, it could also serve us the greatest understanding, to work with nature’s tools instead of waging wars on it. Although antibiotics are not connected to agriculture, the methods of destroying parts of nature is, we have the tendency to try and control through synthetic methods and history then repeats itself.
There are many solutions out there that offer natural ways of dealing with issues. If we are smart we will use them and our rewards will be balance with nature, which is an ideal situation.