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Farming, wolves and our immune system

Right now our immune system is under siege. Attacks from a deadly virus on one side … and doubts from society on the other. I am worried about the lack of societal respect for a system built and fine tuned for thousands of years. Somehow humans always seem to think we can control Nature, even when we have learned through other failed ecosystems that we can’t.

Nature is King, not us.

We can do our part in several ways. Take care of ourselves. Support through medical interventions. Continue to research how our bodies work and learn how best to support, not rewrite, that system.

Think about mass agriculture. In the guise of saving the world from starvation, huge agriculture companies plowed millions of acres of trees down and planted mono crops. In the short-term it provides huge benefits, but long-term? Famine has not been eradicated. Drought and depleted soil quality are at urgent levels.

Another example? Killing all the wolves (oh, and the beavers): both incredibly integral parts of our ecosystem. We are just starting to realize the damage our human intervention did there and are now reversing course.

Sustainable farming is the new buzz word. Impoverished communities in Third World countries are taking back their fate and starting to plant trees and diverse crops. The result? They can feed their people. Water is flowing again. The health of the ecosystem and their bodies is improving greatly.

Repeatedly, by raping what Nature has long since learned we have traded sustainability for short-term gain.

The goal of a 100% Covid vaccination rate is yet another rape. Raping the people who have a strong immune system and can fight the virus. We don’t know yet where vaccine dependency will lead, but judging from the other incredibly intricate systems we have tried to tame, I am not optimistic.

Ingrid Harding, CRR Editor

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