I am sharing this rather long article with you because I thought it would bring hope and some answers, and bring together the true condition of the world at it is, with solutions. If you see it here, it's because I consider you a person of high confront and are a freedom fighter. You have my admiration. You are part of the solution. This may help you with that. You have my permission to selectively share it with likeminded people.
28 Sept 2012
Treating the world
By Diann Dirks
Sept 1, 2012
It’s human nature to put order into things – to control the environment so that enough production can come out of it to support human life. This has been a struggle of mankind for its entire history. When nature throws out disruptive elements like big weather changes, flooding, hurricanes, droughts, and wind storms which put too much struggle into creating food, shelter, connection between people, and even survival, the natural and healthy viewpoint is to store extra in the good times, put in as many fail safes as possible, and organize resources so that survival can bridge the gap between feast and famine.
Organizing is good and has been a survival trait which has allowed the planet’s population to grow exponentially. And the vast organizations built on the corporate model which have harnessed the natural resources to create ever more complex resources has supported that growing population.
The corporate model in itself isn’t an evil. It’s efficient and can be very beneficial. A well oiled machine of organization can make things happen which would otherwise be impossible. Imagine building a car without all the complex co-operating systems needed to design, tool, build and distribute something that technical. It’s only when ethics has been taken out of the equation of such a group that the problems start. When competition or greed force decisions into the works that harmful actions are taken. It takes tremendous sanity to run a large group harmoniously, and keep it alive. It means viability for all its members when run well. It gives stability to communities and feeds families. It supports healthy economies and makes for strength as a people.
But when the existence and even survival of the corporation becomes the primary focus to support not the people of the planet but the organizers in a way that the concepts of fairness and ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ become ‘greatest good for the upper few’, the balance is disturbed. Suffering in vast measure ensues. The scale has tipped. We are there today.
It has come to the point where now, as the population has increased hugely based on the affluence and productivity formed by the great organizing of things, but is then harnessed by the few for the few, and the survival which should have ensued has become a burden on the system from the viewpoint of the organizers, the very population that has been the market for those goods now is seen by them as pollution. And because their control is so great, and the people have been driven off the land by the big corporate and wealthy landowners in large areas of the world, and into the cities, the cities have become vast rabbit warrens unsustainable and the land can’t support them because they are not on the land to produce their own survival, even at the most modest of levels. What follows are food crisis’s, overcrowding and disease, famine, suffering, and more increase of population.
It is human nature that when survival is most critical, the urge is to create more children so that even a few will survive – unlike what most people would logically assume which is more poverty, less mouths to feed. Poverty breeds expansion of population, not decrease. Historically when the population reaches a tipping point, diseases gain a foothold in the starving population whose immune systems are already challenged greatly, and things like the plague can sweep through the overcrowded areas and out into the environment, killing off the unsustainable and the affluent alike. Nature doesn’t look into someone’s checkbook. People who have had full medical backup for generations where the weaker of the groups are kept alive with extraordinary means, that when the really virulent microbes come through, they attack the whole body of everyone. Only the really strong survive. It is a natural selection process, but it has devastating consequences on societies.
However, when an overbearing small group decide that there are too many “useless eaters”, the power of the corporate organization is easily brought to bear on the ‘problem’. But always in corporate philosophy, based on the survival of the group, profit must be part of the equation always. So, while the ‘problem’ is being solved (depopulation), profit must be made in the process. Expanded food prices, control of health care, suppression of natural (cheap, self created) healing methods, the pushing of pharmaceuticals as a solution, and control of the very food supply (Monsanto, GMOs, vast spraying of Round-Up which poisons the environment and the food) which itself becomes a means for depopulation, and PR used to scare people into taking vaccines which are themselves immune destroying that set up the body for illness are used. All of those ‘solutions’ funnel more profit into the hands of the organization. The wealth of the world starts to accumulate into the hands of those who play the corporate game. Anyone who comes in the way becomes the target of corporate destruction.
The small organic farmer gets attacked by corporate (Monsanto) lawyers who have rigged the laws to protect their profit base at the expense of the natural grower who would make people healthy, survive, and prosper, outside their control and profit. More and more draconian laws are passed by a government controlled by corporate interests. Yet the earth needs care to keep producing and it’s only the careful and the informed who are aware enough to protect and restore the earth to productivity. It’s only by knowing how the earth works, by using natural systems, and detoxifying the soil from the chemicals that give any future to the growing power of the earth. And that only comes from a lot of knowledge passed on from generation to generation.
When that knowledge chain is broken by the very people who know how to husband the soil being removed from the land and forced into the city to play the corporate job games does the land loose the very beings who can protect and support its ability to heal itself.
Yet having a knowledgeable base of caring farmers is the only way that there can be a reversal of the trend created by 70 years of corporate, industrial agriculture. There IS technology on how to reverse the destruction of the earth’s capacity to feed the billions of people on it, but when it is suppressed by the ill meaning and profit workshiping corporations, stopped at every turn, that technology takes determined people to spread it under the radar, who are not government funded or fed by corporate grants (unlike the destructive tech which is spread – pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, petrochemical fertilizers, etc. and big heavy, expensive farm machinery). It has to start small and spread word of mouth. You will never see it on national media in a full application.
When the educational system only voices the ideas and the means of the unethical corporate workings because it’s the corporations who have the resources to fund higher education and influence the lower echelons of education, through gov’t manipulation, getting the technology out there that can actually reverse and resolve the problems caused by industrial food production, the system to teach it likewise has to be outside the gov’t educational system, and for the most part, stay under the corporate radar. Again, it has to be done privately and by people who care and understand the importance of healing the earth. Is that you?
Unfortunately, many of the environmental causes with organizations large enough to bring vast difference into the game have been overtaken by the political left who are likewise funded by the top echelon of those who control those same corporations. Those people at the top have the resources to tap into huge think tanks who predict where the power bases are and where the fulcrums of control lie. They early on spotted the environmental movement as a threat to their control and profit. So, they were infiltrated.
Between the liberal (spelled communism, progressive) infiltration of the colleges and universities by radical professors (often who are hired only if they are of this bent), the dumbing down in the lower schools by gov’t psychology based teachers colleges and their products, and the drugging of the really bright children coming up through that system, the only way to protect the truly bright children in the general public is to home school them family by family. That system is a hope factor for the future but it must be protected by people who demand their right to educate their own children. Home schooling gives the child a chance without pornography, homosexual ‘education’, psych drugs and ‘diagnosis’ of adhd and other spurious ‘diseases’ and ‘syndromes’, diets loaded with msg (neurotoxin), sugar (an addictive drug), and terrible school food devoid of real nutrition, all of which are forced on the child in the government school system.
When people are educated in how the earth actually works, without political bias, corporate misinformation, a liberal propaganda base, corporate solutions based on chemicals and big machinery which compacts the soil and destroys the eco system of the soil, they can then reverse the damage brought to bear from 70 years of ‘agriculture on steroids’ based on petrochemical unnatural solutions.
However, the industrial agricultural model has effectively fed 8 or so generations of people by mono-cropping, very efficient means of food growing, transport of foods to failed agricultural areas, distribution systems based on vast quantities moved around the world, and food storage for times of less production. It has provided out of season foods to all parts of the world, north and south hemispheres and all growing zones so the varieties available have brought up the expectation of a varied diet to those who can afford them. Grocery stores of today provide a selection only kings could have had available 200 years ago. We expect it now because transportation and the efficient distribution and food storage means created by the vast corporate structures have provided it. We have lost the ability on a smaller scale, mostly, to provide even the basic necessities to ourselves.
Meanwhile because the rules changed a few decades ago about trading commodities, the farmer is struggling to stay afloat with very low profit margins and county extension officers who come around and order which chemicals and seeds they are to use. Anyone outside this system quickly comes into conflict with not only the authorities but also the social networks (Boy, he’s a kook, etc.) he lives in. And without distribution access, the little organic farmer is at a great disadvantage. Getting a delicate crop such as organic berries to an inner city market that is sophisticated enough to appreciate organic crops means greatly added expenses of fancy packaging, long truck trips with expensive gasoline, and time off the land to do so.
Only by having a farm close enough for easy transport or a local farmers market with people who are willing to pay retail prices for organic goods can the small farmer exist. Urban farming has become ever more popular lately and little farmers markets are popping up all around the country. This is the only way they can really survive. Small farms cannot make enough money selling wholesale to make a living. They need to sell retail at a local venue to even survive. Enlightened populace around certain areas has increased this movement, and “Live Local, Think Global” promotions by private groups has gone a long way to help revive local agriculture. But it’s a long way from being viable enough to really feed everyone. And not everyone can afford $4/dozen eggs.
So, we are seeing a revival of small farm growing in certain areas, and through the use of Permaculture Design, and other enlightened techniques many more people are getting into learning how to grow food. A new system of small farming has come into being called a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture – i.e. subscription farming where the customer pays a yearly or seasonal fee in order to receive weekly or bi-weekly quantities of food in season). This is a good system which supports the farmer and gives the local people a source of locally grown food untainted by chemicals, or kept in warehouses long beyond the point where the nutrients are at their greatest. Fresh, organically grown (even if not certified organic), fruits and vegetables in season are guaranteed by this sytem. Farms using this technique are also coming into being all over – even in such unlikely places as Alaska and the middle of desert lands.
But as a whole, with the movement of people away from the country, many of the people who did know how to do this traditionally have disappeared – either from old age or loss of their farmland from banking abuses, or growing suburban land use using up the smaller farmland around the cities. Who now has the skills to prepare the soil, save the seeds to grow the next crop, plant efficiently, keep watered and fertilized a plot which can then grow enough quantity of food to have enough to eat and to store, preserve the excess in a form that will last more than 6 months without refrigeration, know how to prepare to give the most benefit from that food, and handle any health problems which come from the labor of growing food? We are having to re-invent the wheel.
Who has also the skill now to organize a market place for excess production more than walking distance from the growing space? Who knows now how to make a cart, care for and husband animals of burden – horses, asses, donkeys, llamas, oxen, etc. – and move those products to a town?
Who now has the skills to wild craft and forage if the crops fail? Or gather and prepare natural medicinal herbs and substances to use home remedies in case of illness or injury? If you say ‘very few’, you are looking at the chances for survival if the corporate model fails. If the economy crashes so terrifically that the organization and the moving of goods is no longer available, people would be left on their own. They are so used to everything being so convenient that a trip to the grocery store, to the clinic, and to the gas station are all that is needed to survive. All those things are currently dependant on petrochemicals, and corporate organization large scale.
Yet it is this same corporate organization, taken in the whole, that is attacking the lifespan of the people, destroying the farmland, divesting people of their liberty, and divesting the people of the one resource which has been left out of the equation – natural intelligence and resourcefulness and enterprise at the ground level which has kept the world going for so long.
In truth, to grow food in a natural way that doesn’t destroy the growing soil, the eco system of micro-organisms, worms and insects, and organic matter that feeds those critters, it takes skill, knowledge, hard work, and a willingness to observe and care. It takes craftsmanship and a spiritual outlook that transcends the mechanical – because you are dealing with life itself, life forms which need care and protection, support, and a great deal of knowledge and practical application.
Luther Burbank – a famous horticulturalist of the ‘30s who developed vast new varieties of plants and who was a genius in the field of plant life – said that when you change a plant from being a wild, natural one with all its natural protections such as thorns, bitter taste, tough outer coatings, or any of the other things which keep the bugs and the animals from eating it out of existence – and make it taste better, look better, have more nutritional value, is easier to harvest, is more manageable, is more predictable – you make a covenant with it. You agree to keep it protected and handle all the things it had naturally to keep it safe yourself because now the plant is vulnerable. It can be eaten by bugs, starved for lack of soil nutrients, not have the deep root system to provide for its own water supply, and it can no longer seed itself so it requires someone else to seed or propagate itself.
Corn without man would not exist. Left in its cacoon of corn husks, it rots and is eaten by worms. It must be picked, dried, shucked of husk and have the kernels removed from the cob. Without those steps it only is eaten by bugs and mold, wild animals, or just rots. It long ago was taken from the wild and developed by early people. All cultivated plants we grow for food or otherwise have in our lexicon of civilized plants have had this covenant made with it.
Along with that covenant with the plants themselves, we have also had to take on the complete care and development of growing soil. You can’t just lay a corn seed on hard compacted soil, divested of organic material, wind blown, and dry and expect to get food. The whole process is in the hands of mankind. When it is abused, the whole process stops working.
When you kill all the micro-organisms off out of the soil which have been converting inorganic (inaccessible to the plant roots in that form) minerals into organic forms (where carbon and oxygen molecules have been attached so the root recognizes and can uptake it to build the plant), only chemicals based mostly on petrochemicals or demanding it to make the chemical process will give the plant a way to grow. Unfortunately for the end product, when chemicals are used, the trace minerals that support life and keep our cells working efficiently and healthily, are not there. So, you get cardboard food that looks nice but starves the body.
When you mono-crop (vast areas planted in a single plant such as grains or a single vegetable) the plant uptakes all the available organic minerals and the soil gets depleted. If you kill off all the microbes with ever more chemical fertilizers, even if the soil is loaded with the minerals, they stay locked in the soil and aren’t available to the plant.
We are also facing now, because of mismanagement and climatic changes occurring naturally in cycles on the planet, drought in many areas of the world. Part of this has come about because we have been loosing our tree canopy which holds water in weather patterns which recycle the moisture in the atmosphere. We have been killing off the plant life in the oceans which create the most oxygen in the atmosphere and which help to detoxify the water massed areas. And we have been polluting our ground water with agricultural chemicals for 70 years. Between drought and polluted waters, providing water to plants in sufficient quantity to grow food naturally has become an ever increasing challenge and threatens by itself the very foundation of plant life.
There is structure to living soil. Colonies of beneficial micro-organisms such as indigenous bacteria, virus’s, a vast network of mycillium (fungus) which is the soil’s communication network and nutrient transport system interlace through the soil. This system is nature’s way of providing plants the ingredients for life that they need. A root of a plant can only extend so far to reach the things it needs to grow. The rest is provided by the thread like mycillium of the fungi which interlink the colonies of bacteria and virus that manufacture organic minerals out of inorganic minerals in the soil. When they are all killed off by exposure to sunlight and broken up by plowing, and their air is cut off by compaction of the soil, only chemicals will keep a plant a live.
But that plant will not be strong or healthy. The covenant says man has to provide protection. But when a plant is not kept in a healthy state, pathogenic microbes will find the weak plants and work nature’s way of eliminating the weak to make way for the strong, and wilt and disease will overcome the plants, ‘requiring’ fungicides and other chemical treatments.
Weak plants are also prey for predatory bugs who seek out the ones that can’t protect themselves (a healthy plant has so much water coursing through it that it will drown a bug that tries to eat it, thus protecting itself whereas a weak plant doesn’t). And because in a mono-cropped field there are no barriers to bug reproduction if the plants are weak, and everything in that field is food, it’s bad bug heaven. So it doesn’t take much for a huge herd of bugs or wilt to coarse through a field on the wind and take down a whole crop.
This vulnerability then becomes crop failure without further use of chemicals to kill the bad bug or microbe. But all such chemicals are poisonous. Many of them are cumulative in human and animal tissue and further accumulated in the food chain. So, by the time you eat a steak, there may have been 5 or 6 generations of various life forms concentrating those toxins in the muscles and bones of that animal. We wonder why there is so much cancer, auto-immune disease, and other body organ and system failures in modern society.
When you run over the field time after time with machinery that weighs hundreds of tons, you get a hard pan below the level where the soil is tilled or plowed, and water can’t seep down into the sub soil. So, the top six inches dries out in a drought, all the weeds which have tap roots have been killed off with herbicides which would otherwise hold in the soil, and a good wind comes along and blows off the top soil. Top soil is the only part of the soil that will grow things. The hard pan becomes like concrete and cannot be cajoled into growing anything. Then you loose millions of acres of growing land. The dust bowls of the 1930s in the Southwest is a case in point. Nothing grew. People had to move out and many areas were never restored to growing fields. We loose 1% worldwide of our soil - farmland every year and have for the past 25 years. Yet our population has grown exponentially. You do the math.
So, what is the solution?
We have to change the way we are treating the world. We can’t keep polluting our growing land and water supplies with agricultural chemicals, compacting our farmland with huge machinery, loosing our top soil to bad management, and in general going on like modern science can handle any problem with more petrochemicals, more big solutions, more political decisions, more corporate ‘think’, and more going on the same way forever. It is a failing system. We are seeing food crisis scenarios in many countries around the world where people were self-sustaining for thousands of years.
Politically, we have to shift the way we view the planet. Can we continue to allow the elite few to skim off the top of the food chain the wealth of the world, only to use those resources to further suppress us and destroy the land? Can we allow them to continue the slow genocide being practiced on us with poisons and starvation? You be the judge. It only can continue this way if everyone is kept in the dark and fed misinformation by the media, all corporate controlled by this elite.
If we are to survive on planet earth, the whole cotton picking pattern must be really viewed and confronted. Everyone wants to survive – people, organizations, governments. It’s human nature. They all will erect protections and fail safes within their scope of resources. Working against nature or human nature doesn’t work. It will always fail because nature had millions more years to work out the problems and the solutions before humans took ownership of the planet. It will collapse a parasitic and destructive element eventually. If humans continue to be that destructive element, nature will take us down. Nature will also tend to eliminate variants in the pattern – the destructive insane, the weak, the suppressive elements.
Nature only rewards the strong, the competent, and interestingly enough, the loving. A family where everyone is killing off everyone else will not survive. A planet that uses uranium shells to fight its wars, that then leaves radioactive dust to blow in the wind will kill off the elements using those means. It doesn’t matter that the destruction comes from someone else. It still comes in. And every living being on the planet gets the results of the suppressive acts. The elite will not avoid the consequences, no matter that they think they can protect themselves with wealth and the control of others. There are no corners of the planet or under the surface of the planet, that can escape the consequences of a destroyed earth.
The ignorant are not protected. The uncaring likewise are not immune. It’s only by confronting the actual condition – the operating and existing game in play – and using loving and intelligent means to work out how to care for and resolve those problems – will earth be able to support a human population, or even a life form population of all living things. And without other life forms, including the humble micro-organism, we will perish. There aren’t other planets in the solar system where we can bug-out to. We don’t have enough space ships to fly to some other solar system and take enough of our viable system so we can continue our life game in another unknown location. We have one piece of real estate and if we don’t love it and take good careful care of it, we will be out on the street of the cosmos breathing space, without bodies and the comfort of other beings to communicate with.
Fortunately, there are loving and intelligent beings who do recognize the problems around the planet who are working on the ultimate resolution of all these factors with the end in mind of a life-sustaining, beautiful, in-balance earth. There is technology to handle all the factors which present as problems. And there is time enough to handle all of this if enough people become enlightened enough to face the situation now.
People are waking up to the dangers, but at the same time, the opportunities which are at hand. Permaculture Design, based on natural laws, contains the technologies and philosophical approach, as well as the ethical model, to handle the physical problems. It means going from the large corporate model to the individual, free, intelligent and well trained person model, working with like minded individuals in concert, one small farm at a time, growing local food, restoring one field at a time, and communicating with those who can exchange with them locally so all aspects of the culture can be kept in harmony.
Alternative medicine such as homeopathy, naturopathy, herbalism, the essential oils of aromatherapy, and organic nutrition provide health to people and animals, reverting to the more mechanical techniques of allopathic (MD) medicine for those things requiring the setting of a bone, the restructuring of a broken body from large wounds, the by-passing of normal immune functions with sudden massive infection through the use of strong anti-biotics when natural means are insufficient, or the care of infants too small to be viable.
But that type of medicine will probably fall off if chaos reins or as it becomes non-viable because it is corporate model profit motivated technology which is inefficient, too expensive, and long term, not workable. Each pharmaceutical solution brings with it the next stage of failure in another body system through imbalances caused. All pharmaceuticals have side effects and all of them make the body more acidic – acidity being the basis for most disease. They are sometimes needed on a by-pass basis. But to run to a pharmaceutical every time one has a cold or those which decrease the body’s natural functions will pass into the past just like the Dodo Bird.
Tyrannical governments which try to keep the population in line with more and more control are always over thrown eventually, usually with the blood shed of millions, the first being the leaders of the suppressive forces, working their way up to the top of the food chain. It’s nature’s way. Nobody escapes the purge nature does of those things which are basically non-survival. Nature is all about survival and it does not allow long term non-survival elements. They don’t survive nature.
It was long ago discovered by the wisest of our people that only through affinity for life, for people, for plants and animals, for the earth itself, with loving care, does the system work. Hateful and destructive actions, the obsessive need to dominate all at the expense of the majority, sociopathic control, and force eventually, all fall. It isn’t man’s or nature’s basic makeup. Life is affinity based, communication based, and works only with agreement and understanding. It is based loosely and simply on love.
A society based on compassion, sanity, enlightenment, happiness, respect for life, and good strong survival knowledge and philosophy will survive. It must be willing to defend those principles and use force when necessary to handle suppressive elements, but when possible, sanity and communication must be used instead. All force is not bad. It has its place. But it must be always in the direction of more sanity, more justice, more liberty for the individual, and common sense.
The planet is an island in a vast field of lifeless space. It has limited living space. It is delicate. When people take care of it, and themselves with natural and kind means, it will last for the next millions of years to be a good playing field for life, and all the creative endeavors beings need to have a place to live and thrive. Growing a garden, eschewing the use of harmful chemicals and unnatural means of existence, by using as little practices as possible which do harm to the earth, and everything possible to restore it, multiplied by the billions, we can handle the challenges.
When we create living units that are not dependant on petroleum and all its side products, and use good technology to put as little stress on the already challenged chains of life, we are being part of the solution. Processing our own waste in circular use back to the earth takes the stress off the systems. Not using plastics or finding a way to recycle them without putting them into nature where they will not harm the delicate systems, recycling all the glass, fabric, metals, and other products of modern living all are helpful. Making our own things out of natural resources which will, when returned to the earth, break down into natural soil are a requisite.
In some places, especially in Europe , something cannot be manufactured that isn’t bio-degradable – even cars. By not purchasing something that will not break down or cannot be recycled, we force the corporate manufacturing groups to make things that are ethical. By not purchasing things that poison the earth – like Round-Up, or plastic toys, or household cleaning chemicals – we do our part and effect the marketplace. By using things that do not add to the land fills, like using cloth diapers instead of disposable ones, we are part of the solution.
When we encourage local organic farms to grow healthy food, purchasing it directly from them instead of from a huge corporate chain which brings its products from distant places, we ensure food safety and security, and keep that farmland from being used to mono-crop and pollute the soil, the water and the air. By growing our own gardens, we are even closer to the source, and can control even better what we feed our children.
By home-schooling and giving our children the best education possible without the corrupt corporate and government agendas out of the minds and bodies of our children, we ensure a future with the foundations and standards, values and hopes of our own culture. It is strength to build the future.
By learning about natural herbs and healing with home remedies, we can keep from building side effect cascades in our health and protect our immune systems. By learning about the natural plants in our areas, we can supplement (with care to not over-harvest) our diets with deeply nutritious natural foods and medicinal herbs. Some areas are more fruitful than others but all areas have edible and medicinal natural plants, even in the cities.
By sharing the knowledge we all have with others and taking care to learn from others, we can sustain our culture and avoid being sold a bill of goods by those destructive corporations whose only mission is their own profit. Their solutions are often very convenient, but long term destructive along many avenues. If your job is with one of these destructive corporate behemouths, you might want to rethink your way of making a living. If your existence depends on either the corporate world or the government, you are being part of the problem. You have abilities – use them constructively and find a better way. It may mean a lessening in your apparently affluent quality of living, but if you arm yourself with a great deal of knowledge and many skills, you will come out with a longer and better life and your health.
Interestingly enough, the process of life rewards good organization. It isn't the corporate organizational model that is the problem. It could be the solution as people band together to make the world a better place, getting organized and having well known pieces of the production of making a better world, ethics can go in. The demand that GMOs be labeled didn't come from one person. It was a banding together that built up to where it became a movement. Many good things can come when people of like mind, and with an ethical and rational purpose is forwarded, organize and have a way to weed out those who would infiltrate and harm the purpose. Groups handle groups, and the lone individual who stands alone as an island has little hope of besting the huge corporate monoliths who would wipe out the majority of the people of earth. Leaders can bring people together and make that organizing occur, and bring to bear on the problems of earth the means to turn it all around. Think of Ghandi or more modernly Vandana Shiva who has kicked Monsanto out of whole areas of her India. So, find your good leaders, support them and forward their message if you aren't the leader yourself. And be of good heart. Something can be done about it.
In the long run, you will have a planet to come back to that you will be happy to return to, when this old body gives way to the next one. What do you want to come back to? That is what you need to think about and work towards now.
1 Sept 2012
Diann Dirks, Auburn , Ga.