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FULL STORY: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/pollinators/holland-text?source=email_gg

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“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Socio-Biologist.

by Pam Jacob @pdjmoo

Have we asked too much of Nature and her inhabitants and the myriad of symbiotic relationships all species needed to maintain balance and generate our healthy food supply? We have pushed our cows, beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and fish over the edge, far beyond their natural capacity to breed and produce within their given maturation processes. We have created a poisoned, industrialized food system that no longer is healthy or nutritious and, in the process, we have objectified the very life forms essential to our food supply. They have become a dollar figure, a number on a balance sheet, to do with what we will. A great tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have lost respect for Nature as our partners in life and, as such, lost respect for each other, and ourselves waiving our responsibility for our essential role in our own life support systems.

Witness the beautiful, tiny bees. A little bee is just as important in its own right as you and I in the greater scheme of things…perhaps even more important. Maybe their little immune systems could no longer assimilate all the pesticides, insecticides and GMO pollen we impose on their digestion systems, and their stressful, forced artificial way of life. http://tinyurl.com/ng2opr Read the rest of this entry »

Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, July 20, 2009 (ENS) – Experts say agricultural land in northwest Uzbekistan is so permeated with pesticides from past decades that it still presents health risks for the farmers who work it.

The soil in Khorezm region and the adjacent autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan is still full of chlorine and other chemicals from the DDT used in cotton production in the Soviet period.

So intensive was the use of pesticides from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s that the Khorezm and Karakalpakstan had 78 aerodromes used by crop spraying planes. http://tinyurl.com/mrdgfs

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