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FOOD SECURITY REFORM ACT

In hopes that human beings the world over who believe that their way is the right way, may re-consider. I say these things in a humble spirit. My 1st nation’s friends would say “I offer this in a good way”.

I have been considering many of the ideas you’re about to ingest or not for most of my life. I’ve been influenced by many, especially by David Suzuki’s and Daniel Quinn’s perspective and more especially over the past 16 years as I learn from and teach the worm’s role in all of this. That is another whole story of course. But I need to say these things now as sure as the clergy have felt their calling to the ministry.

Only now have I begun to fully understand what my beloved mom’s firm yet gentle words of encouragement meant while my siblings and I took turns lying next to her on her deathbed, we gave and received last words of love. On the afternoon before her life’s light went out, my mom firmly squeezed my hand, looked at me with great clarity, and said softly: “Make sure they all know” as we had discussed these revelations on occasion and in these last moments. I wasn’t ready 7 years ago. I needed to be able to think with more clarity and maturity as I was still coming out of the fog of a life with alcohol. After considering these a-ha moments and interpretations from personal apocalypses during my life’s experiences, I feel ready now to attempt to “make sure they all know.”

I’d like to begin with my version of the “Rise of the Agriculture” as told from my perspective and interpretation which has been informed by church every Sunday, and all the attending rituals since before I can remember.  While also quite proudly attending 12 years of formal Christian parochial training and surviving several bouts with “born again” in my first 25 or so years. The lessons I took that became most impactful to me were those of hypocrisy. I’m beginning my interpretation of this story for brevity from when shortly after humans showed up on the scene and began enabling this rise.

For those that ascribe to Adam and Eve’s story, they probably just didn’t ask for the fruit and definitely didn’t say thank you, thus was born the concept of stealing. Human imagination can and does make up the most amazing stories to cover supposed mis-behaviors. So they made one up about an evil talking snake. Subsequently they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, thus was born the concept of punishment. The two sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel took different livelihoods. Cain of first born privilege, probably daddy’s boy, followed the farming (Agriculture, “Daniel Quinn’s” Taker’s) path, how to change things to live the same “where ever”.  Abel the younger nurtured more closely by mom, followed a more pastoral (hunter, gathering subsistence “Daniel Quinn’s” Leavers) path of how to live “here”, both making vastly different use of creation outside the Garden. This undoubtedly led to the some concepts of ownership. Cain and Abel made offerings from their work and livelihood to their Creator as is customary to this day.  Abel’s offering from his pastoral life was accepted because he showed respect, humility and compassion for the world that gave him his livelihood, much like the indigenous peoples around the world to this day. Cain’s offering, from the sweat of his brow was not accepted because he held enmity in his heart. Cain, out of jealousy, greed and from his view as a farmer practicing this type of agriculture, likely believed it wrong to seemingly under-utilize animals and growing spaces in creation (resources) - murdered Abel. This bore the concept of imperialism (our way to live is the right way) as practiced to this day.

Why would the Creator accept Cain’s offering now, anymore than he would then?  Not much seems to have changed except technology-which is not evil, only its use and intent are misguided by beliefs. We have and hold a perceived enmity towards creation in our culture through our production practices of food and all the other supposed essentials of this culture. We have been conditioned to act, talk, and feel as if the world and its natural laws and systems are feverishly working to cause us harm.  As my mother used to say as well as yours, probably “That’s just nonsense”.

I have been able to deprogram for myself and reverse the effect of the dominant culture’s conditioning of enmity toward creation by questioning authority and breaking from traditions to realize that of nature and its life and resources are me not against me. I continually gain more reverence while standing in awe of the incredible web of life so few seem to be aware of. The miss-interpretation of the “Creation Story” I have come to know was the direct path to what I’ve coined as the current “Prime Directive” of our Totalitarian Agriculture paradigm:  

“Grow more food, to feed more people, to sell more stuff to, to enslave more souls, at All costs.”

The eventualities (centralization, mass production of goods and services to feed afluenza, commoditizing essentials to all life, earth, air, water, fire, etc) of our current paradigm all have causation which can be traced to this prime directive. We do all of these things in a yearly quest to have the Creator accept the fruits of our labor while still holding this enmity toward nature. This is NOT gonna happen, folks—not while holding and promoting enmity towards Creation through this agriculture paradigm.

Most farmers/ranchers of today who are often some of the kindest most reverent disciplined well meaning people around need to come to understand that Agriculture—as practiced—is a dogma, a religion that assumes control over natural systems it has sparse understanding of and no business attempting to control it. Kindness turns to ruthlessness when it comes to dealing with all things natural. This enmity needs to be forgotten, abandoned, and wiped clean from this planet.

Relatively little applied interdisciplinary study has been done by this culture compared to the billions of years of adaptive design by evolution. Maintaining monetary profit is put far ahead of any consideration for maintaining the web of life. These assertions may be defined as or called blasphemy and heretical to those who deeply believe that Agriculture and all its related motivations are their sacred calling in life.  I would say, “You got that right!” (By either definition.) I have come to know and understand that the unlimited competition or “survival of the fittest” dogma IS that perceived enmity our culture holds for our creation. And that only through complex webs of co-operation has anything survived this long. We are the ONLY living things that consciously refuse to co-operate and continue to act like we are outside the bounds of the dynamic equilibrium of the Creator’s processes. We are the ones that are responsible by choice from the beginning for this current creation and abominable stewardship of the place we also call home.

As I come to better understand through my personal apocalypse, Agriculture has proven itself impotent in that we have continued this agricultural practice for centuries despite the same result: desertification, destruction of the soils and destruction of up and downstream supporting biosphere.  Dominant Agriculture is the most destructive human activity we engage in. It engages war machines and chemicals, the nuclear industry, mining and foolish shape-shifting of the earth to fulfill the “at ALL costs” prime directive. Agriculture is as disappointing to billions of humans annually as those who prophesize the end of world or claim that a “Rapture” is going to take place on any give date. Armageddon is what human choices through this current agricultural paradigm is creating over time, therefore not hard to predict.

We are with this prime destructive force, for the time being, able to grow enough food (of very suspect and limited health and diversity value and untold damage to every other living thing) to feed at least 9 billion people using agricultural practices and philosophies abhorrent to nature. It doesn’t matter if we only have 7 billion people yet nearly 1 billion go hungry and an average 25,000 starve to death every day. If you don’t have the money to unlock food from Cain’s ancestors’ warehouses you are not entitled to it and it will be wasted. I know this to well from my practice of feeding worms from this cultures waste. Tell me this is not destructively insane!

Ponder for a moment: How much healthful, regenerative food could be grown and harvested in a system that mimics nature in its abundant web of life?  The Garden of Eden system does not engage in wasting and currently feeds “every other living thing” on the planet from cradle to grave without a drop of fossil fuel, sweat of anyone’s brow, or so much as a dime! Permaculture designers/practitioners are proving as much as 50% more plant yield and hundreds of times more diverse foods than current methods.  Relative to the time and money spent developing Agriculture, limited experience and re-establishment time is needed to practice Permaculture with far less yearly physical inputs from humans plus regenerative benefits to all living things. As I edit this manifesto, I’ve been handed more evidence in this regard for the reader from the Biblical Faiths that are not ready to change their minds on this issue. Check out a film from one of their own called “Back to Eden” http://backtoedenfilm.com/   Can’t hardly have article nowadays without a URL.

This previous statement brings to issue what happens to “every other living thing” when they run into us, the self appointed gatekeepers of life [enmity]. In general “every other living thing” pays steeply when humans of this culture cross their paths. The web-of-life is subjugated to Agriculture and its “all costs” paradigm. All species, from the plants, and insects to the whales, far too often pay a toll of extinction. Belief in the dogma of Agriculture enables science to force life in the web to give up their painstakingly evolutionary derived identity, diversity and connectedness. For example; those of us that have reverence for life refer to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as to what really takes place; “Trans-Species Raped” (TSR). We’ve used the term “rape” to explain what we’ve been doing to all the other “Natural Resources” for quite some time now so there is no reason not to in this case. The people and organizations that deal in TSR organisms are most often interested in owning patents on life to enslave humans to their food product, and grow more food. We must to be honest with ourselves. For decades now they have been using guns or e-coli as an infectious agent to impose their “TSR”. On top of that the TSR industry and researchers force us to eat the resulting offspring. It does not get much more abhorrent than that.  This does not bode well for our salvation or hopes that the Creator might accept our offerings.

Another recent realization for me is that the science of Elemental Chemistry, with its protocol and proofs through replications and falsifiable peer reviewed ethic, should have never been applied in the study and experimentation when “life” is involved. Here’s why: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know”- Donald Rumsfeld. I could not have said it better.  This seems to me to be the poorest way to observe and interact in our quest to evolve, when we only need to observe, understand and mimic(Google Biomimicry) what billions of years of evolution (nature’s experiment of what is successful to this point) or if you choose an omniscient God has given us.

This transition in the evolution of thinking can be a quick as it takes to read and comprehend this manifesto, but physical on-the-ground change does and will take time. So I am not proposing absolute and immediate abandonment of our agricultural practices. Enough minds need to make different choices and abandon long held and un-questioned beliefs for this direction of evolution to take place. Similarly, regenerative practices and intent need time to replace the rampant enmity. These “Sins” are why we continually have needed to ask for forgiveness since we began as humans to practice Agriculture. As my dear friend, sage and mentor John Cruickshank used to quip, “There are no such things as sins, only consequences.” The only reason we got kicked out of the Garden is because we didn’t ask! We stole and we have been stealing the ability to live from every other living thing ever since! “Thou shall not steal” is the only ethic ever needed. Therefore we need to ask forgiveness and we need to accept that forgiveness from ourselves and reconcile these things unto ourselves! We have thoroughly earned the tag of the “Taker Culture” by rarely asking for consent or saying a reverent “Thank You”. Yet we have little real reason to take from the Garden when it is, like, totally willing to share as it does with every other living thing.

I have faith that we will step back into the proverbial Garden of Eden because it’s still here, a little a worse for wear to say the least, but it’s still here. We can personally make the choices necessary to step back in, without losing our shirt so to speak. We will thrive with every other living thing when we stop destroying our mutual home with human ego and contrivances to control growing processes in service to that pathological prime directive.

If this is not an apocalypse, perhaps you already knew these things and your conscience has been anesthetized by being repeatedly forgiven by your chosen forgiver on sacred times, night or day,  week after week triggering bad habit leading to an addiction and the symptoms thereof, as I once was. Many of those that believe in this Agriculture are engaged in spreading it to the four corners of the earth. And those supporting them have become people chasing money therefore acting like humans doing rather than the human beings we must be in order to become good stewards of our home.

As stewards of the Garden we need to learn the language of our garden and learn to let it provide for us as we learn to share with it so that we might co-create a different future than the obvious path to Armageddon we have bulldozed thus far. We need to understand that earth a firm foundation, air with us where ever we dwell, water the giver of life all only works with the light of the world, the sun.  As stewards of the first three of those constituents we need a new prime directive based on sharing, collaboration and regeneration so we are given fair opportunity to evolve in peace.

With that said, I hope this has been an apocalypse that will add to the shifting away from old beliefs and an embracing of our world from Abel’s long sequestered perspective. While realizing, learning and progressively evolving to know what is important to reform our hearts, minds, and world, as this call to reform closes. We need to realize that our imagination is an unlimited resource.

Start imagining. We need all of you.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

Dogma: a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds.

Religion: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices, “a theological theory”

Paradigm: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated.

Enmity: positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will.

Pastoral: 1) of, relating to, or composed of shepherds or herdsmen (2): devoted to or based on livestock raising b: of or relating to the countryside : not urban <a pastoral setting> c: portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country people d: pleasingly peaceful and innocent : of or relating to spiritual care or guidance

Heretical: of, relating to, or characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

Blasphemy: irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable

Apocalypse: (Greek: ποκάλυψις apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted.

 

*All definitions are from Merriam Webster’s Dictionary with the exception of apocalypse which is taken from Greek translation.