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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:35 pm 
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In yesterday's New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan writes, "Two stories in the news this year, stories that on their faces would seem to have nothing to do with each other let alone with agriculture, may point to an imminent breakdown in the way we're growing food today."

Can you guess what they are?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/magaz ... ref=slogin




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The first story is about MRSA, the very scary antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus bacteria that is now killing more Americans each year than AIDS — 100,000 infections leading to 19,000 deaths in 2005, according to estimates in The Journal of the American Medical Association. For years now, drug-resistant staph infections have been a problem in hospitals, where the heavy use of antibiotics can create resistant strains of bacteria. It’s Evolution 101: the drugs kill off all but the tiny handful of microbes that, by dint of a chance mutation, possess genes allowing them to withstand the onslaught; these hardy survivors then get to work building a drug-resistant superrace. The methicillin-resistant staph that first emerged in hospitals as early as the 1960s posed a threat mostly to elderly patients. But a new and even more virulent strain — called “community-acquired MRSA” — is now killing young and otherwise healthy people who have not set foot in a hospital. No one is yet sure how or where this strain evolved, but it is sufficiently different from the hospital-bred strains to have some researchers looking elsewhere for its origin, to another environment where the heavy use of antibiotics is selecting for the evolution of a lethal new microbe: the concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO.
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the second story is about honeybees, which have endured their own mysterious epidemic this past year. Colony Collapse Disorder was first identified in 2006, when a Pennsylvanian beekeeper noticed that his bees were disappearing — going out on foraging expeditions in the morning never to return. Within months, beekeepers in 24 states were reporting losses of between 20 percent and 80 percent of their bees, in some cases virtually overnight. Entomologists have yet to identify the culprit, but suspects include a virus, agricultural pesticides and a parasitic mite. (Media reports that genetically modified crops or cellphone towers might be responsible have been discounted.) But whatever turns out to be the immediate cause of colony collapse, many entomologists believe some such disaster was waiting to happen: the lifestyle of the modern honeybee leaves the insects so stressed out and their immune systems so compromised that, much like livestock on factory farms, they’ve become vulnerable to whatever new infectious agent happens to come along.
We are so fucked and most of us don't even have a clue about the precipice we are approaching, we're going so fast, greedy and ignorant as the herd we've become. How can we get this across to the braindead people -

WE HAVE TO SLOW DOWN or it's over the cliff we go.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

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damn, got so excited. I thought it said pollEn. dammit...

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As with most other things, on the one hand we have the welfare of life on earth, on the other we have money.

Guess which one wins hands down.

I can't figure out why, can anyone else figure out why people are so uncerned about the future of our planet but will sell that furure out for a hand full of silver?

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Sorry gg- I thought that one out on purpose making others think it was a typo. The story of the bees and pollEn was a good connection that could have been implemented like this- Pollan(pollEn) connects the dots- but I was shooting for an enticing headline as well. Looks like you fell for it. :lol: :wink:

Dori, Deep inside our intellect somewhere there is a belief- driven intentionally away from our spirit- the idea that we own this place and can do whatever we want for our freedom, security and personal wealth being our god given birthright. We forget though that it is the earth itself that gives and takes all by itself. We can't hold the world legally responsible for murder, death and mayhem like we can fellow humans, for we think we are above natures laws, while we're busy adapting rules and creating laws we use to help it fit into our world. Of course our worldview involves those shekels of silver you speak of and we are only too ready to crucify our creator for our own good and our lack of moral and ethical conscience.

Why we even forget it was us who did the crucifying in our haste to have our way and nothing else. Rather than hold us all accountable, doesn't that money make up for it all? :roll:

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What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?

Ravaged and plundered
And ripped her
And bit her
Stuck her with knives
In the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences
And dragged her down

I hear a very gentle sound
With your ear down to the ground—
We want the world and we want it,
We want the world and we want it, now
Now? Now!

When the music's over- the Doors

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QUOTATION: You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

ATTRIBUTION: Seattle (c. 1784–1866), native American chief of the Dwamish, Suquamish and allied Native American tribes. Letter, 1854, to President Franklin Pierce. Published in Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle (1990).


The letter, in which Seattle pleaded that his name should die with the ceding of the Washington State territories, was shown in 1992 to have been largely a forgery, devised by television scriptwriter Ted Perry for an historical epic in 1971.

By golly, you can't count on nothin'.

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