Monday, June 20, 2011

Stewardship of the Earth

The modern concept of continual exploitation of our planet is very different to the biblical concept.

In Exodus 23:10-11, we are told "For six years, you are to sow your land with seed and gather in its harvest. But the seventh year, you are to let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor among your people can eat; and what they leave, the wild animals in the countryside can eat. Do the same with your vineyard and olive grove."

This biblical concept allows not only for care of our earth but also for the people and wildlife that inhabit the earth.

Instead of allowing our earth to work and then renew continual exploitation has resulted in a tired planet unable to provide for all.

The reliance on the glyphosate based Roundup that began in the sixties is a strong example of this.

Who among us has not at some time been exposed to or used this product. It was such a quick and easy fix for every gardener.

But now new evidence is linking glyphosate used in Roundup with infertility, cancer, the growth of super weeds and worrying changes to plants and soil.

Monsanto the manufacturer of Roundup still continues to market its product in new forms, and its company has grown in power and influence.

One of the most poignant of the recent Wikileaks cables is that in which the the former United States ambassador to France suggested “moving to retaliation” against France and the European Union (EU) in late 2007 to fight a French ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn and changes in European policy toward biotech crops.

The debate in France over Monsanto’s GM products has had further ugliness.

Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, a scientist at the University of Caen in France was said to have faced intimidation from within the French scientific community after he published studies showing Monsanto GM corn and glyphosate posed risks to human health.

Greed and power are seductive influences but the words of Exodus 23:10-11 echo greater truths.

If we all honored our planet and cared for all its inhabitants there would be enough for all and the suffering of so many could be eliminated.


The Sage Butterfly said...

I agree. I wish respect for nature, our environment, and alternative methods were taught in school. It would involve the entire family and begin new habits for a new generation.

Anonymous said...

I love your painting and your words. Science will be the death of us all it seems. I know that is a broad statement, but the findings after the fact seem to support it in so many cases. With all the advances comes all the uncertainty. There is too much dependance on money to have all conditions and explored and consequences weighed.

Anonymous said...

It has been amazing to learn that so many of the things that we thought improved our life are actually harmful. Even more interesting is how many of those things have something to do with Monsanto.
All of us can make a difference on this planet if we just take the time.
Thanks for stopping come again.

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

WE reap what we sow
We now do not sow
we rape

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