22 Jan 2013

January 22nd

Mother Nature has a way of controlling every living thing. It's hard to say if each organism has a right to be here. I guess it depends on your point of view. I can't believe cancer cells are equal in importance to a giant tree. Be that as it may, the great psychic healer, Edgar Cayce said that there is something in nature to cure every ill—referring to the human body. For instance, he suggested eating a slice of pineapple every day to control diabetes. I have no idea if it works, so don't try this at home.
Released from the technology section of the BBC News this morning, I read about the use of wasps to control crop pests. A number of farmers in Brazil have swapped chemicals for wasps, in a country that has recently outgrown the US as the largest consumer of pesticides. "Egg-spraying" from a plane is just a trial - at the moment, the wasps' eggs are put on pieces of cardboard and distributed throughout the fields of sugar cane.
In my youth spent in Australia, I remember scientists released myxomatosis in mosquitoes to control the rabbit plague. The poor creatures suffered a painful death. Recently, the boffins looked into using radiation to sterilise fruit flies, a pest in many places. Researchers at Oxitec, a spin-off from Oxford University, have done it recently to mosquitoes, genetically modifying them to fight the insects destroying trees.
Also, in 1935 cane toads were taken to Australia from South America to fight the cane beetle - an insect harmful to sugarcane crops. But since the toads can consume almost anything, their population exploded, quickly reaching more than 200 million and harming local wildlife. "That was an act of insanity, really, against all of the scientific knowledge at the time," says Dr Shaw.
Mankind can't help tampering with nature. What do ordinary people do in their own environment? Maybe we shouldn't use pesticides on our garden plants and chemicals to wash our hair. Could we ever go back?


  1. Sadly Francene, it seems we can't go back; well not all the way back! We should however acknowledge that man has played a large role in destroying nature and yes, try not to use chemicals as much as lifestyle allows. Myxomatosis ... oh I still remember those rabbits with dreadful eyes of pain. Cane toads ... my elderly mother chases them away with a big stick to protect her little dog. Don't forget the carp, a fish introduced to our rivers, that have overtaken the waters. The cats won't even eat them.
    Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet...if he says to eat pineapple, my diabetic husband will eat pineapple!

  2. Who knows what things will be like in 100 or even 50 years' time, it's quite scary to contemplate. Maybe there won't be any "natural" foods any more, everything will be GM.


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