Driving to work yesterday I saw a landscaping service truck driving in front of me. Beneath the logo it said “Enhancing The Beauty of Nature”. This was quite upsetting to me. This statement said a lot. Humans, from the beginning of time, have always thought that they can improve on nature and make it better. We disturb everything in this voyage to make what was already here better, and because of it the earth is suffering and crying out for us to stop.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a perfect example of this. A scientist came along and decided it would be beneficial (most likely just to his pockets) to create a seed that he can patent, which has a strain of bacteria in it which was made by him. His claim is that he can save the world, and this seed is an enhancement to nature. This type of seed is nothing of the sort. It is destroying crop, and takes away from the natural design of this earth. All GM seeds are sterile… you can not save the seeds and replant them. They are resistant to high doses of dangerous pesticides, and are causing the killing of our bees, our people, and our earth. This goes against everything our earth should be. The only thing GMOs have done is make the pockets fatter of the people who promote and create these life killing crops.
We have also thought we are advancing on nature when we stopped encouraging farming and started promoting factory farming of both plants and animals. Instead of a farmer having a few cattle and some crop, man decided that everyone should be over consumers, and it would be an advancement for us to have giant farms producing one thing at a time.. miles of cows back to back with no walking room, suffering and living a tormented life, and the same plant grown for miles, which has led to degradation of our soil and the need for pesticides.
Because of this “advancement” we have decided to make on nature, humans, animals and the earth are suffering, the latter undeserving. Because of our decision for advancement, animals are suffering greatly for no reason. They are being tortured and enslaved so that we can eat in excess, their homes are being cut down so we can build our shopping malls and houses, and in return we decide they are “over populating” an area, when we are in fact the ones over populating theirs. We decide to domesticate wildlife and make them our pets. Through “selective breeding” people are now bringing foxes, monkeys, and others into their homes because they are “cute”. The earth is being torn to shreds. The land is being eaten up by bulldozers daily, chemicals are being dumped in its waters, and pesticides on its soils. In return, plants are no longer able to grow strong, which means we are not able to either.
Because of our “enhancing” everything is dying. Including us.
The first step in healing this earth is recognizing the problem. Now that you have, start to take action. Please, begin to do something nice to the planet, and watch it give you rewards in return. If you are walking and see some trash, simply pick it up. If a turtle is trying to cross a busy road, stop and help it to the other side. Plant seeds in the most unexpected places. The goji berry is the most versatile plant– it can grow anywhere! Since you should be eating these everyday anyway, always have some on you! Show some thanks by sticking one in the ground. It will most likely grow. And if it doesn’t, you still attempted, and that will be recognized. We can’t keep robbing nature, we must do something to give back. As in any relationship, its give and take. It can’t be always take. Start your giving now, before the earth is completely robbed, and its too late. It will happen much quicker than you think.