Relinquishing Our Future

    By on December 10, 2015

    Dear reader,

    With the Global Climate Talks in Paris, to increasingly obvious signs of a threatened planet and society, it’s clear, we’re in trouble.

    I could elaborate on climate issues, but something uncomfortable right here in farm country needs addressing. Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup.

    Everyone knows it, big and small conventional growers use it. What most don’t know or believe is that glyphosate is a carcinogen. Monsanto suppressed that fact for years, but there it is. Cancer clusters have cropped up in farming regions around the world where Roundup was widely accepted as a safe and effective herbicide. How many farmers (do you know), who’ve placed their trust in agro-chemicals they were told were safe, who’ve succumbed to cancer? Monsanto obscured the truth for profits, and boy did they rake them in with Roundup, and the next, stronger version of it developed when super-weeds evolved. Nature adapts to meet every challenge. Stronger chemicals, stronger weeds. More chemicals, more disease. Where will it end?

    Farming on the industrial scale is chemical dependent, and now our soils, water and food all contain them. They impact all life, not just that in isolated lab experiments. Complex natural ecosystems, from soil microorganisms up to top predators together form a circle of mutual support and beneficial relationship with each other instead of seeing some parts as an enemy to destroy. As the father of modern conservation, Aldo Leopold, once said: The first order of intelligent tinkering is, to save all the pieces. Humans have forgotten that we’re part of nature. Part of a natural system. We can’t eliminate other elements without throwing things into chaos, which is what we’re facing now. We’ve got to recognize our mistakes and re-set our priorities.

    So now Monsanto, who produces Roundup, GMO seeds developed to withstand it, and other toxic products including PCBs, 2,4,5 T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a dioxin-containing component of the defoliant, Agent Orange, which was used by the US Army during the Vietnam War and continues to cause birth defects and cancer, and Lasso, an herbicide that is now banned in Europe, is finally being called into court in a big way.

    The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced today that they will put Monsanto MON (NYSE), a US-based transnational corporation, on trial for crimes against nature and humanity, and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.

    We’ve really allowed ourselves to be fooled into believing there’s a way to do things that are not natural. Growing monoculture food crops on the industrial level creates vulnerability. Diversification is wisdom from the investment world and from nature. The risks are high when relying on a single crop success, creating pressure to intervene in a very complex natural processes about which we have much to learn.

    — Nancy Kasper, North Rose

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