I asked him, what about his fellow man? Doesn't it matter that the poisons, he now realizes that are killing the world, are still being fed to the "others" via his hand? He said that his bottom line was at stake, that he experienced crop failure due to invasive weeds when he did not spray and took a hit on the yields. Well, I just do not find that acceptable.
How can one person, who realizes that the world is being poisoned slowly through the use of chemicals, particularly Round Up (glysophate) by Monsanto, but also through the other toxic brews of fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers, still use them for others? How can this be?
It is all about money. That farmer drives to Wetaskawin to buy organic chicken feed. Wetaskawin is a 3 hour jaunt each way, so he makes his trip worthwhile and brings a trailer to load up, but the feed is only for his own chickens, not for those he raises for others. Those other chickens are still fed local feed filled with GMO grains that are heavily sprayed with chemicals.
Did you know that it is a common practice to spray Round Up to dessicate the grain just before harvest. They spray so much that it kills the plant immediately and those are plants that are often genetically engineered to withstand applications of that chemical. Only they spray a great quantity which kills the plant making harvest an easy task, since the leaves and chaff fall off the grain seeds when the plant is dead. That is sick! And no wonder the North American world cannot eat wheat, especially, but other grains too. Organic grains do not have any of those chemicals, but are not the perfect answer either.
Somehow, these farmers are waking up, are beginning to realize that the chemcials are killing the people. The farmer I spoke to lost his brother at a fairly young age. Cancer is rampant. But how can we wake this world up to quit. Yes, just quit and begin the healing process of the land so that once again, all food is organic as it was just seventy years ago. It did not require legistalation and labelling. It did not require permits and fences. It was organic because that is all there was - real food!
Sigh, a big heavy, deeply seated sigh. I am fearful. I am fearful that before the world wakes up, we will have done too much damage. At least there are countries popping up in distant locations that are returning to the natural way of farming. Let's hope it is not too late for us.