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Nature Is Engraved into Our Bones

by Jasmine Elbekraoui 3 years ago in agriculture
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Our bodies rise from the ground and eventually descend back, replenishing the soil with the nutrients we took from the start

A couple summers ago I went on a trip for one of my classes. We visited two farms; one used organic farming techniques, while the other was a large farming industry that produced cherries. We visited both places in order to see the different perspectives each farmer had on how they viewed money and the industry as a whole, and see what values they stand by and how that influences the way they do business. The organic farmer discussed the hardships of using natural processes and steering away from using pesticides and preservatives.Though it takes a lot more work and he receives less of a profit than his competitors, his respect for the land pushes him to continue utilizing natural methods that are beneficial for the crops and land. On the contrary, the owner of the cherry farm was very driven by keeping his production rates high and making a large profit. He did not find any problems with using pesticides and preservatives for his product, saying that the processes he uses on his farm has no implications on the land. He said that its a necessary means in order to please the consumer and have a better product than your competitor. His mentality was similar to an article I read, "Making Meat," by Boyd W. The article discussed how technology has changed the dynamic of biological processes and humans have found a way to alter things within nature in order to better suit their needs. Nature has become subjected to industrialization and is used and abused for the sole purpose of industries and large corporations to make a profit and spread their business globally. However; trying to fight and go against the structures of nature has implications on its own. As discussed in the article selective breeding reduces genetic diversity, creating genetic monocultures and the excessive use of antibiotics increases the risk of an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

A majority of these economically successful corporations utilize the power of advertisements and the power they have over the consumer. Ads are a key factor in convincing consumers to believe in the product they are trying to sell. Sadly we as consumers are easily bought and will really believe a majority of the things that are marketed to us. The Lipton tea company is one example of that. In the article "Empire in a Cup" by J. Beattie et al., clever advertisements painted a tropical and pleasantly happy paradise drew in customers attention which steered them away from the environmental degradation this company was responsible for. Many production corporations extract and strip the land from everything it provides without replenishing it and caring for what it has provided for us. Many nations thrive off of a consumerist society but how long can we place our dependence on something that relies on misusing our environment and taking advantage of people’s need to be accepted by others.

The problem isn't only the industry but the consumer. It is necessary to see that the choices we make as consumers are directly related to our ecological connection and does have implications on our surrounding environment. Majority of people are isolated from the consequences lead by industries and consumer choices, forming this detachment from the outcomes caused by our decisions and actions, leaving others to deal with the implications. All this results in making exhausting and unrealistic demands and leads to losing track of the labor of others and earth. It's important to see that our consumerist habits are related to our ecological connection. How exposed we are to nature and our knowledge of the environment directly correlates to the trail we leave behind. It is important to understand that no matter how much we surround ourselves with materialistic items or grow economically as a society we are not separate from nature. Once we understand that we will realize the importance of caring for it because without it we cannot succeed.


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