THE DANGERS OF REDUCING THE GENE POOL IN OUR NATURAL WORLD
In his bold and excellent article, Bryan Walsh says…”we don’t have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price of oil — which will affect everything from fertilizer to supermarket electricity bills — our industrial style of food production will end sooner or later”.
TIME MAGAZINE COVER STORY
“Getting Real About the High Cost of Cheap Food” By Bryan Walsh Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html
I had been taking a closer look at the breeding aspects of our food and animals, when this important and brave article broke and I was appalled to find that the rush to produce more on smaller plots of land has also resulted in massive loss of species and loss of our natural gene pool of vegetables, fruits and other crops and in the breeding of animals.
As a former “farm girl”, I know this to be dangerous. At the very least, the natural immune systems of the plants and animals become weaker and they lose their natural resistance to diseases. More pesticides and anti-biotics are required because of our inbreeding (weakening breeding lines) and the mass farming of our animals – mostly through artificial insemination. Now we are moving into “cloning” further reducing the available gene pool. We approach our animals as if they were inanimate objects on a production line. Have you ever noticed the difference in taste of something grown/raised naturally, vs in the mega mass farms? (That’s another blog!) Just because it is “food” does not mean it is healthy or nutritious. Read: Factory Farms Breed Dangerous Food. http://tinyurl.com/lqh3b5
Genetic diversity is crucial to the health of us and the planet.
In our slumber we have allowed the genetic diversity of our food supply to be reduced to a few strains. Seventy-five percent of the world’s food now comes from only seven crops: wheat, rice, corn, potato, barley, cassava and sorghum (mostly GMO).
Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said
“If we screw up with agriculture, with the growing world population and climate change, the consequences are not going to be the failure of a car company, whereby another car company can easily fill in for them,” he said. “Eventually, the consequences are starvation. People need to understand the production of food is fundamentally different than the production of cars. I don’t think as a society we’ve really grasped that.” http://tinyurl.com/laxof7
During a recent interview on Public Radio “Market Place”
FULL INTERVIEW ON SEED BANKS:
http://tinyurl.com/mkc4c5) Gary Nabhan author of “Where Our Food Comes From.” said, “Globally we are losing crop varieties as fast as we ever have. Take apples. Back in the pioneer days the U.S. had more than 7,000 named varieties. Today that number has fallen to around 300.”
The USDA’s Peter Bretting says “once those seeds are gone. You lose another tool out of your toolbox. You lose another option.” Freezing seeds in special vaults is a way to ensure that doesn’t happen. Even Native Seeds maintains one at its Tucson headquarters.
These so-called “seed banks” serve as an important source of genetic material for scientists, and even for international seed companies. But Gary Nabhan says Native Seeds’ primary mission, saving seeds in fields rather than vaults, is the one that matters the most.”
ANIMAL BREEDING: 99 percent of turkeys eaten in America come from a single breed and the Broad-Breasted White can no longer naturally reproduce. The are brutally artificially inseminated. More than 80 percent of dairy cows are Holsteins and 75 percent of pigs come from just three breeds. The following article is discussing a viewpoint that suggests, as consumer demand drives production we should eat more varieties of our food and by so doing, increase demand. Just as a side-line, that’s why I am a champion of backyard gardening to grow your own vege’s and fruits; and supporting the small local farm.
When when you go into the produce section of any supermarket you will see neat. colorful rows of clean fruits and vegetables all looking uniform as if they came out of a widget machine. Perfectly lined up, and polished, just like a car lot. In the natural world no two things grow the same…there are no two human beings identically the same. There is a law in the EU…See Article: “EU to allow sale of “odd” shaped fruit and vegetables”. http://tinyurl.com/6qa6tu
“Behind the scenes of a supermarket produce market”: http://tinyurl.com/lnhpl2
We want everything lined up in perfect order, looking clean, shiny and perfect (including each other) and we think that means “good”, “nutritious”, and “healthy”. Wrong. http://tinyurl.com/ncy4gm
We have forgotten the natural organic process of life and turned our agricultural crops and animal raising over to industrialization and into a homogenized, sanitized production line.
Thankfully the move to local food, slow food and organic food is drawing our attention to this very fact. What does this ultimately mean to the human race? It means our food looks good but is devoid of nutrients, is full of pesticides and insecticides and anti-biotics and artificial hormones that we ingest. What do you think our human bodies are doing with all this overload? What do you think Nature is doing with all this overload?
The vitamin and supplement business is now a billion-dollar business due, in part, to missing nutrients in our food supply chain. We either take them to “supplement” our “look good, feel bad” mass produced foods, or rid ourselves of the toxins we are ingesting. If you have ever had the blessed opportunity to grow your own vegetables or raise your own animal stock you will appreciate the beauty and diversification that exists when we honor and nurture Nature to be all she can be, in all her glory, constantly offering her abundance to us. We just forget that her abundance depends upon our awareness, our caring, and our efforts to maintain her natural healthy balance, for her wellbeing is our wellbeing. Thank you Mother Nature for sustaining my body and so generously giving of your abundance!