The plants we have growing in today's modern agriculture and much of our landscapes are operating at 15% of their genetic potential.
What does this mean for us?
Look around. How are people doing? How many people do you know that have at least one chronic health condition, this includes skin issues, mental health, anxiety/depression, headaches/migraines, asthma, allergies, autoimmunity, irregular menstruation, digestive issues etc. How many people do you know that have been diagnosed with cancer or died from cancer? Heart disease?
I would beg to guess it's somewhere around 90% of the people you know. Yeah?
Our generation is suffering greatly. This is due, in part, to centuries of poor soil and water management, environmental polluting, modern societal pressures and lack of close knit communities.
We've been encouraged to listen to "the experts" when it comes to our bodies and earth. But the truth is, science is slow, science often has to catch up with what we innately know. Science is helpful, yes, but when it becomes a religion it becomes dangerous to us. We believe it even when our internal compass says to go another direction.
The other day Johnny made an interesting statement. People like us, who question the status quo systems on a regular basis, are often seen as quasi-science crazies, while those who run our massive pharmaceutical and agricultural systems continue on their way to destroying the soils of our land and bodies.
Johnny pointed out that those are the true quacks, not the individuals who feel in their gut that something is terribly wrong with how we treat ourselves and the earth.
Those of us feeling that misalignment are future-tellers. But witches and heretics have always been burned at the stake. Our generation is at a threshold. If we choose to walk through it we may end up hated, misunderstood and ostracized by many communities. If we stay back we are supporting the demise of humanity. There is no other way to say it.
So why do I believe the modern agricultural and medical systems are the crazies? (and I am not speaking about the individuals in these industries, I know many doctors, nurses and scientists that are working toward change from within and I salute you!) I am speaking of the industries at large.
Look at their track records
+1/3 of our earths topsoil is lost every year due to agricultural practices. Topsoil is the nutrient blanket that our food is nourished by. Losing our topsoil means losing our nutrition. It is predicted that we only have 70 years left of usable topsoil. This means we will hit a danger zone much earlier, you could say we are living in the danger zone as we speak.
+Groundwater is contaminated and/or dried up. Groundwater is our earths underground water storage. Without it we have a deficient water cycle and will further desertification. Modern Agriculture not only overuses this resource but also poisons it with the chemicals used.
+Pesticides used on plants not only pollute the environment but wreak havoc in our bodies when we consume plants grown in these agricultural systems.
+Modern Agriculture treats the soil like the Modern Medical System treats our bodies, its no wonder they are business partners. Both systems treat biological systems as if they were mechanical systems, failing to recognize the complex and balanced ecology of the soil and body. This way is over simplified and dangerous to us all. It cannot continue.
MODERN MEDICAL SYSTEM:
+If someone dies at the hands of a doctor it is often seen as misfortune, unrelated to the treatment provided. If someone survives because of a doctors treatment we praise the system for it's success. If someone denies treatment and dies, that person was stupid. If someone denies treatment, goes an alternative route and lives it is often seen as luck. If we look at the facts and figures we will find that Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.
+Our medical bills in the US have skyrocketed to $210,000,000,000 annually.
+Roughly 12,000,000 Americans are misdiagnosed each year.
I'm not saying it is easy to make decisions when it comes to health and where to turn for treatment. Being sick can be a terrifying experience and many of us feel unprepared when tragedy or diagnosis strikes. There is no quick answer.
This is why I am so passionate about healing soil. We can't even have a conversation about this without addressing the root cause; we have degraded our environment and therefore our bodies along with it.
The medical system gives us quick results and can save peoples lives in dire situations. But when it comes to true, long lasting healing, they are merely symptom chasers, they never get to the root cause because pharmaceuticals are not created to do so. The are created for disease management.
So the equation goes:
Modern Agriculture Degrades Environment
Pharmaceutical Companies Create New Drugs to deal with diseases cause by the environmental destruction now mirrored in our bodies
A biofeedback loop that never ends until we meet extinction.
On top of that we have degrading community connections and a high pressure society. We are built for community and rest, when we don't get these things our mental and physical health suffers.
If I return to the original question: Am I the crazy one?
What is your answer? Is questioning these things crazy?
For the last decade of my life I've been told that it is.
I've been told that I would calm down when I got older. Which is true in one way, I have calmed down. I am approaching this from a place of trust and lightness rather than pressure and guilt. Which is where I started in my early 20's.
I've been told that I am dangerous for questioning our long standing science/medical theories.
Meanwhile our agricultural system continues to rape, pillage and greatly disrespect the foundation of our health as human beings while our pharmaceutical industry cashes in on the damage. How are they not the crazy ones? HOW?
Crazies are often unrecognized for their genius until after their death. Let's not wait for that this time. Let us heed the warning of our intelligent, connected researchers that are unclouded by financial/power gain.
The first step in this movement is to make the systems at large irrelevant, meaning, not giving your financial energy to their game. We have a long way to go but the more of us that are willing to give our lives to building new systems from the soil up, the more irrelevant we can make them.
I know not everyone can afford this route at the moment, and that is a part of the grand issue. The truth is, minorities and people in poverty suffer the greatest due to environmental pollution. Modern Agriculture is subsidized by the government which makes it unfathomably cheap, while food grown naturally is exceptionally high. Meanwhile, many people can't afford health insurance or their medical costs.
WHO IS THE CRAZY ONE?
In the long run, we are all paying a great price for this.
And I don't want to get all dooms day on you, because I have trust in our ability to thrive.
This is a call to anyone on the threshold of uncertainty, which is all of us, to consider how you can radiate prosperity in your own life. To consider how you can further this movement. To consider how you can share resources on the small community level.
This is a time to build resiliency in the communities we can touch.
Without a drastic change in how we approach the earth we will surely crumble. We have 70 years to re-connect and revive our collective life force in the soil.
Let us continue to call out:
Black Lives Matter
Indigenous Lives Matter
Trans Lives Matter
Soil Life Matters