microbes

Germy Seed

I am impressed with the results that the education of consumers about Real Food has resulted in things like organic fruits and vegetables in the stores and some improvement at the meat counter (the over-use of the word “natural” blurs our ability to judge whether there is real improvement there).

Now, the seed business is getting on the train. The same people that crammed GMO seed down our throats have now taken a positive step, developing seed with a soil microbe coating that is apparently the real thing. We know that decades of poisons regularly applied has killed the microbial life and reduced soils in the conventional farm to mere plant holders. There is no telling how that deficiency has altered our food value and our digestive systems, but we do know that auto-immune disease has increased and there is some reason to believe the afflictions are related to a lack of good bacteria in the gut. Regardless, getting back to nature is a good thing. Three cheers to an industry that to date only deserved our boos.

Breaking Inertia

Do you remember learning the physics principle of inertia, the tendency of physical things to remain at rest, or return to rest when acted upon by an external force? I hope I’ve got that right, lest my physics teacher visits me reproachfully in my dreams. As I remember it, breaking inertia required more energy than sustaining it. At some point, momentum becomes your assistant. Sort of like trying to push-start a resting car with a dead battery. That first rotation of the wheels is the most demanding. Once you get it rolling, you have broken inertia or at least converted it from a resting position to a moving position. At that point, it is then harder to stop the car than it is to
keep it moving.

One of my mental images likens sustainability on the farm to the principles of inertia. Hard to get started but once you gain momentum, much easier to sustain and also harder to stop. Achieving momentum on the farm is all about allowing the soil to break its inertia. In modern farming, that external force that broke momentum was the supplying of synthetic chemicals to the soil pursuant to a mono-cultural model and in the process, exchanging true soil life with man-made synthetics. In that model, only the chemical factories were sustainable. We committed murder - at the subterranean level. But once that inertia is broken and soil life returns, momentum eases the chore. You still need to push the car, but it is a much easier job, and momentum carries you for the most part. That is now the state of the farm from whence you get your family meats.

I think “sustainable” farming should instead be called self-sustaining farming because once inertia is broken and momentum is achieved, farming only requires mankind as a steward, not a creator. And I think that reality has something to do with the resistance to changing the manner in which we farm - steward is a lesser role for the ego than is creator.

Let’s get over it. We haven’t done so well in our attempt to create. Leave that to higher beings and recognize our more humble role on the planet. We have broken inertia. Keep the momentum. It’s a good thing.