Archive for June 25th, 2015

25/06/2015

Soil, Papered Over

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva*

Prof. Vandana Shiva

23 June 2015, TRANSCEND Media Service – Science” is derived from the word score — “to know”. Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced and what impact it will have on our health.

The knowledge we need for growing food is the knowledge of biodiversity and living seed, of living soil and the soil food web, of interaction between different species in the agro-ecosystem and of different seasons.

Farmers have been the experts in these fields, as have ecological scientists who study the evolution of micro-organisms, plants and animals, the ecological web and the soil food web.

In industrial agriculture, the knowledge of living systems is totally missing, since industrial agriculture was externally driven by using war chemicals as inputs.

Soil was defined as an empty container for holding synthetic fertilisers and plants were defined as machines running on external inputs.

This meant substituting the ecological functions and services that nature and farmers can provide through renewal of soil fertility, pest and weed control, and seed improvement.

But it also implied ignorance of the destruction of the functions by the toxic chemicals applied to agriculture.

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25/06/2015

Militarism’s Hostages

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

25 June 2015 – Do our “Defense Departments” really defend us? Absolutely not! Their very title is a lie. The military-industrial complex sells itself by claiming to defend civilians. It justifies vast and crippling budgets by this claim; but it is a fraud. For the military-industrial complex, the only goal is money and power. Civilians like ourselves are just hostages. We are expendable. We are pawns in the power game, the money game.

**Aftermath of the atomic bomb explosion over Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 with writing of Paul Tibbets | Source: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/images/historical/hiroshima.jpg | Author: U.S. Navy Public Affairs Resources Website | Permission: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/chinfoprivacy.html | Wikimedia Commons

**Aftermath of the atomic bomb explosion over Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 with writing of Paul Tibbets | Source: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/images/historical/hiroshima.jpg | Author: U.S. Navy Public Affairs Resources Website | Permission: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/chinfoprivacy.html | Wikimedia Commons

Nations possessing nuclear weapons threaten each other with “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which has the very appropriate acronym MAD.

What does this mean? Does it mean that civilians are being protected? Not at all.

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25/06/2015

Comforting a Baby Is Violent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

In an article I wrote a year ago, the following words appeared:

‘If a child is crying and you comfort them, you will (presumably unintentionally) scare them out of feeling their sadness when, in fact, their crying is a functional response to something not working out as the child wanted and for healing from this event….

**A toddler girl crying | Author: Crimfants | Source: http://flickr.com/photos/crimfants/327861820/ | Permission: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons

**A toddler girl crying | Author: Crimfants | Source: http://flickr.com/photos/crimfants/327861820/ | Permission: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons

… The same applies to fear, anger and all other feelings. Unfortunately, if we scare a child out of feeling their natural responses to events (by ignoring, comforting, reassuring, distracting, laughing at, ridiculing, terrorizing or violently controlling them when they express their feelings), the child has no choice but to unconsciously suppress their awareness of these feelings and they will not be able to identify the appropriate way forward: this reduces their power to respond functionally and powerfully to events in their life.’

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