|Round Up sprayed on "weeds" |
by one of our neighbors early this past Spring.
none too soon in my view. When I see the desecration from Round Up and feel the
loss of life of the soil and all its inhabitants, my whole BEing is filled with grief.
The 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the
International Year of the Soils. And not a minute too soon,
if you put any stock in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1937 warning:
“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
For decades, we’ve been poisoning our soils with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
We’ve been overgrazing and overfarming our soil to the point that
what were once prairies and grasslands teeming with life,
are now lifeless dust fields.
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In the week past I attended one day of a two day conference in Richmond, California: Soil Not Oil (the title originated from Dr. Vandana Shiva's book Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Change). Those of you living in the Bay Area are well aware that Chevron has a huge refinery that periodically spews toxins into the air threatening the health and well being of Richmond's inhabitants. So, in my humble opinion, it was no accident that Richmond was chosen for this awesomely stellar conference and its mayor gave the welcoming address.
Before my life changing illness, conferences, lectures and such were common places for me to accumulate information. Once the rooting process at MuRefuge began my attention shifted to listening to the ancient knowing of the land and its inhabitants. This conference spoke to me and I am ever grateful to have listened. The basic message of the day was that global capitalism, practicing extraction from our planet to pour dollars into investors pockets and patriarchal dominance, is no longer viable. Regeneration* was the "word of the day" so to speak.
*"Regenerate: to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the
the moral nature; to cause to be born again" New Webster's Dictionary, 1997
The myths that capitalism wants us to believe are now repeatedly refuted with hard science and logical approach: the land tilled (raped) by agribusiness grows little food to feed the world. This land is used to raised crops for biofuel or to feed animals, mostly cattle, in feed lots. Growing nontoxic healthy food is a solution to climate change. Not tilling the soil
and not using manufactured fertilizers nor soil amendments, not using herbicides nor pesticides (oh my gosh how those practices would undermine agribusiness capitalism!) is the foundation for regeneration of the soil. Research has repeatedly been done to demonstrate that tilling the soil is detrimental to its maintaining its vibrant, dynamic population of worms, insects and microscopic organisms that not only absorb carbon but feeds the plants living in undisturbed soil as well. Growing food on the present amount of land presently farmed world wide is enough to feed not only the present population but the one predicted for the future IF regenerative practices replace the capitalist ones so widely now used.
Soil carbon restoration can be accomplished with methodical practices, and with many of us participating we can make a difference in climate change. Each one of us have the choice whether to support in our daily lives the present path to our extinction OR alter our beliefs, attitudes and habits and get on board with regeneration of the soil.
The action steps printed below have been copied from the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter
|White clover growing between all our gopher proof raised vegetable beds|
and our Tootsie Rolls (the 2 youngest female
Indian Runners) who by the way are now
producing daily an egg each.
Did any of you view 20/20 last week? David Muir was at the Vatican with the Pope who then communicated with people gathered in 3 U.S. cities (Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; and Chicago). I was brought to tears as the Pope opened his heart to these people telling their stories. Pope Francis is an beatific amazing BEing; an exemplar for each of us whether Catholic or not.
"Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature,
its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems
which may be gravely upset by human intervention . . . .
It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection
of nature with financial gain, or the preservation
of the environment with progress.
Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster."
Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si," June 18, 2015
As we each consider how we each may contribute to this exciting life giving process of restoration, may we