We are on the verge of killing the bees upon which we depend for the majority of our fruits, nuts and vegetables. Read some of the latest bad news here: http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/
Organic farmers and gardeners have known for many years that the spraying of pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers is unwise at best and disastrous at worst. Now we have incontrovertible evidence that the worst is at hand. We are killing off our bee population! Even where I live I notice how rare it is to see bees busily collecting nectar and, in the process, pollinating my vegetables.
What is driving this process? Greed. In spite of the long-established, well-publicized dangers of spraying bug poisons and chemicals on the food we eat and the soils we grow them in, farmers and gardeners continue to contaminate their crops in the interest of increased production. As the piece above points out, the practice has begun to backfire. Ultimately, we and our children are the ones who are poisoned. In his book, The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan reveals a shocking truth about potato farmers. Many of them refuse to eat the potatoes they grow in their highly contaminated soil. Some of them plant separate, unpoisoned plots for their personal use!
A recent National Geographic issue reveals how the overuse of nitrogen fertilizers is causing all sorts of problems. The mighty Mississippi drains over-fertilized farm land and creates huge dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life cannot exist.
Amazingly, tragically, we are killing our bees and other beneficial insects and even the fish in the sea! It’s a good bet that we are also slowly killing ourselves. When will we wake up?