We live in a complex organic system that is, in many ways, fragile yet extremely robust. This sytem has been abused, misused and ignored for the better part of 75 years and we are just beginning to recognize the ramifications and results.
The advent of industrial agriculture at the end of World War II heralded the explosive growth in the use of manmade chemical products in the quest for more efficient food production. In the 1960’s we began to see the rise in systemic chronic diseases in the industrialized nations. It has taken another 40 years to put enough of the pieces together to realize that we have created our own problems with many of our attempts to apply “science” to perceived problems in our ecosystem, agricultural systems and medical systems.
Overproduction, poor farming practices, the use of toxic chemicals and man-made fertilizers have left our soils seriously depleted and in a state of disrepair. We are killing ourselves as we kill the soil. Until we accept that we are inexorably linked to the entire ecological system and that the health of the soil that is the source of our sustenance, can we hope to reverse the trends of the last 40 years.