Insect Decline Blog: A letter back to a Student who asked about this vital topic

Response to Carolien via this article:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006320718313636

Insects are the basis of the food chain for so much.  Birds for example are one of the many creatures that thrive off of them, well certain types thats for sure but even predatory birds that eat larger forms of life depend on bugs to build the food chain blocks.  In the states we all know the story of DDT and Bald Eagles, ironically the very symbol of our nation. I am sure you get that so here is the philosophical point.

Des Cartes. This french philosopher said man is separate from nature, mind and body are separate.  Cartesian Dualism is in fact the cause of this separation that allows people to read such a thing and then not act.  People stopped seeing in patterns and only have a rational worldview.  Essentially this is the missing link in the new age spiritual realm and a message i really wish to hit home with in my next education pursuits of an online PDC/ subsricption.

Rene Des Cartes

For example with cows, yes they are a mammal with specific caloric needs and health needs, yet rely tremendously on the symbiosis of their gut bacteria and protozoa.  So we began to grow corn and soy and other row crops to meet their caloric needs to gain weight quickly.  It had the repercussions of disease but science had already sorted that out with antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, vaccines, and all those great advancements rationally took care of the other side of the equation of them feeding on foods they shouldn’t be eating evolutionarily.  We have stepped into the roles of gods and left behind simply being stewards of his/ their creation.  The monotheistic world religions are very materialistic and dominate a worldview perpetuated by Des Cartes.  Spirituality now is viewed in materialism rather than wholism. This is why Constatine crushed the pagan religions because they were holistic thinkers bent on cooperation not competition.

Same happened with plants and fertilizers after the war.  Yes fertilizers make incredible plant growth but then disease and pests proliferate.  So yes, science had already developed nerve toxins for war such as organophosphates and started to spray crops when the plagues came.  Its nerve poison.  And we spray it all the time throughout the whole world.  Agent orange was one of them and Vietnam soldiers are still degrading and dying from this awful poisoning beset by their governments.  And people ask why is there so many mental health problems, our nervous system and endocrine system is now plagued with the very poisons that were meant to free us from starvation.

In the states 90% of the population lives in cities.  Politicians are clueless on agriculture.  But they make the policy.  Its a business reinforced by the need for GDP infusion based on competition.  We are not collaboratively meeting the needs of a growing population and an environmental catastrophe.  Mankind reads such an article and responds with no action.  gross wealth inequality is one of the reasons why because organic and local is more expensive theoretically.  But our tax monies go towards subsidies of industrial agriculture which costs so the prices of those foods remain cheap.  Imagine buying your fertilizer in a bag vs making your own compost, rich in life.  Its chemistry vs biology.  Its GDP vs self sufficiency or local economy.  Its the global reticulation of materials and energy that makes the rich richer.  The billionaire class is no different than the feudal lords and kings of the past. Because so many live in the city, the countryside is raped.  Insects lose habitat because of it and are dwindling in large part to pesticides and poisoned manures.  War against nature and war in humanity is mainly about capitalism vs other ideologies.  They want a bigger market for more GDP.  Its that simple.  And meanwhile in the cities the majority of people struggle to meet ends meat.  Their purchases are based on simple mathematical equations of price of food not holistic health perspective.  Humans also stopped educating themselves about nature known also as environmental literacy.  You maybe able to read a book or do algebra but can you identify five trees?  Simply knowing what trees you are walking by, what birds you hear calling, and what fish are jumping is a good beginning to reconnecting. Educate yourselves for gods sake! People are clueless that their fertilizing of their lawns, their buying of doritos, their yoga pant purchases, their netfilx and chilling are killing this planet. And no one is perfect, surely not me.

Thomas Malthus was also an important philosopher that I studied in University twenty years ago.  He said that human population can only grow based on food supply.   Its a simple ecological proposition.  So humanity took that and created shit tons of food yet empty on real nutrition hence the diseases of today like diabetes.  Its a nutritional deficiency.  Neo Malthusians state that we will always find new technologies to circumvent the feedback loops of nature and our population growth then is essentially infinite.  Its madness.  We rape and pillage our natural resources for a made up set of laws around economy. Capitalism is driving humanity to extinction, the ultimate form of death.  Because yes we all die at some point, and many of us pass our DNA to the next generation.  But there will come a point in time when our DNA is so fried from all the poison that viable human beings are no longer possible, MAD MAX STYLE.

Yet a burgeoning movement of people growing foods alternatively exists.  So will the people of today support those farmers, those land regenerators, those providers of insect refuge and habitat?  That is the fundamental question of humanity.  We are hell bent on watching netflix not nature, we are hellbent on purchasing from Amazon not local artisans, we are hell bent on entertaining ourselves with hollywood rather than interacting with nature.  And no i do not mean simply going for a walk in the park, i refer to actively stewarding pieces of land.  We are an evolving species and our path towards technological and artificial intelligence is usurping our connection to nature.  It is our gods given right to be, not just to do.  We can in fact roll this tide into regeneration.  It takes courage, tenacity, patience, pattern thinking, material knowledge, and many other virtues that society has indeed forgotten.  It maybe cooperation more than anything else.

So for me it indeed doesn’t affect much cause all the days of my life are hellbent on giving back to a planet that gives me life.  I shall dwell in the house of the lord forever. Stewardship.

thank you for this question.  hugs

 

EDU Earthly: Treasure Lake, KY Stream Repair update: VLOG of Back to Back days of footage

One rock dams/ gabbions and large woody debris gully stuffers, Treasure Lake, Kentucky, USA. January 2019.

The videos bellow are taken about 24 hours apart in mid January 2019.  One during a high flow situation due to rain on top of snow.  Then as the stream flow slows down, you can see the architecture of our restoring natural hydrology work in the second video.  It shows an incised creek being reshaped, habitat created, water and nutrients slowed and filtered. Only one years worth of work during a few pulsations. Basically as we put it, be the beaver!! Watch them both and check out the link below for more on this technique I have employed across the world. Also there are design maps at the bottom to understand it more contextually.

https://treeyopermacultureedu.com/chapter-7-water/restoring-natural-stream-hydrology/

HIGH FLOW STORM EVENT

LOWER FLOW NEXT DAY

 

Terra Alta Food Forest Update: A Vlog from my old home: Sintra, Portugal

 

It was a true joy to see it again. Years and years of effort to rehabilitate what once was just an abandoned track of land.  The stacking in space and time, the building of resources to enhance succession, the diversity, it is all there on this special slice of land at Terra Alta, Sintra, Portugal.  Its former state was simply being completely covered by blackberries with few trees on it.  Now its a thriving jungle of food that has produced a lot over the years and now as the trees mature, its more the fruits that are the reward.

 

 

I stewarded this space from 2012 to 2016 and was the main architect of its development.  I worked hand in hand with Pedro, the founder of the project, and many a volunteers and students and other permaculture professionals along the way.  It is a joy to come back to such a spot.  Now the need for soil building operations has lessened and less maintenance needs other than pruning. However Pedro and his cohorts continue to develop it and enhance its beauty and functionality!

read more on food forests:

https://treeyopermacultureedu.com/chapter-6-trees/food-forests-or-forest-gardens/

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Paw Paw, a temperate fruit from the tropical Anona fruit family
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