Monday, June 20, 2011
Stewardship of the Earth
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.