Last summer my father offered to purchase me a mosquito zapper to be installed near the patio, to make our time out there more pleasant. I grew up with one in my yard as a child, so of course I agreed.
We are now approaching Christmas, in Cleveland, Ohio and it is often snowing this time of year. Yesterday, my son Jarvie, out of the blue, informed me that he doesn’t like our insect eater on the patio, because it opposes God’s plan or Mother Nature’s plan and that perhaps we should just be bit by the mosquitos!
Now it is really daunting to me that a five year old can figure out that you shouldn’t monkey with the grand plan, because you might unwittingly disrupt something important! Moreoever, it blows my mind that he has an inherent understanding that it just might be worth it to suffer with the mosquito bites, than the unforeseen consequences of altering the system. He seems to understand that by putting this gizmo in place, for our convenience, that we just might alter the natural order of things and risk more than we bargained for.
It just begs the question how can Monsanto and all its brainy executives throw all caution to the wind and pursue a path so divergent from that designed by Mother Nature? Don’t they have any common sense at all. I mean heck, my five year old knows it’s not good to mess with Mother Nature!
Do you know that Monsanto sought to develop pesticides that would attack the insect’s gut and ostensibly blow up their stomachs? I think this is the root cause of leaky gut, which something like 70% of Americans suffer with. So first it was the bugs or pests that suffered and now it’s us!
I so wish we could go back to a time when our soil, water and air were not polluted, our animals were not being given vast amounts of hormones and antibiotics, and our plants were not genetically modified. But we can’t return.
We can only mend our ways. We need to subsidize farmers to grow fruits and vegetables organically. We need laws that encourage industry to reduce toxic emissions into to our air, waterways and soil. We need federal dollars to help us innovate and create more sustainable ways of living. We need grocery stores and restaraunts that make purchasing and eating whole, natural, non-processed, organic, slow cooked foods commonplace and cost effective.
What can you do to be more sustainable, to eat more organically, to pollute less, to reduce the size of your carbon footprint? Any action, no matter how small it is in the beginning, can be important as long as it moves us in the right direction. When many of us act together, our collective intention can be realized.
Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
Single Mom by Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio
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