Today, I was thinking about pollution, and how this term has been less referenced or used in daily conversation’s when we speak about health, food or eating habits. We hear and speak now about GMO or Non GMO, Organic, Free range… and are missing (or forgot or are less interested) the point. The point being, is that our food comes from where we live. We live on the land. The same place all of our pollutants are.
Consider the Manufacturing, Chemical, Biological and CAFO production and waste bi-products which are the pollutants. I’m not even considering the packaging of the millions of products we purchase just to throw away immediately after opening. Recycling is hopefully minimizing this footprint.
If you recall I wrote in mid-March about the restructuring of the massive 91 million acres of corn crop land with foods grown for direct human consumption. Some skeptical feedback I received (which was not a lot), was that pesticides and herbicides would still be used and pollute, contaminate the foods, land, water, and non-intrusive insects (bees, spiders (which will be discussed in upcoming posts) …). Again, this is where we will not only need to restructure our land use, but our mind-set and research resources.
Pesticides and Herbicides currently are used for control of unwanted or crop destructive insects and non-crop plants that can negatively impact the growth and yield of the intended crop. So we use the Pesticides and Herbicides which destroy the unwanted. Yet, we want the land, water, air and useful insects, but we kill them or move them out of the way, to a less natural environment or remove their environment altogether. (Nearly 50% of the bee colonies in Indiana last year were lost Indiana)
There are herbicide (organic) options as well as pest control options and possibilities we have and continue to pursue, if we continue to push and speak out about the dangers of the individual and consolidated negative impact to the human being and the other insects and animals which we should coexist. There are no perfect answers yet, but research is continuing to be done on this issue.
As we continue to pursue the lifestyle of ease, quality and inexpensiveness of it all, I believe the world and ourselves are taking the hit. All the while we, the consumer of it all, should be in the driver’s seat. Many of us are in the trunk, hoping there is a place for air and some sunlight in the near future.
Thanks Lauren, for letting me know someone else is growing in their concern, and is more concerned. Mike, Lauren, Steve, Brett, Larry… am so sorry for your loss.