The Pesticide that Stalks in the Darkness, the Plague that Destroys at Midday
by Juliette Jones
“Some people think that [what is going on in the world] is too overwhelming,
and feel intimidated and dispirited. Trust me, knowing about it
is far more empowering than not knowing.”
There are many people who remain deeply asleep to the pernicious effect of toxic substances and technologies on human biology—not to mention the murder of the environment. This “sleep” can’t exactly be chalked up to lack of awareness, as there are messages dispatched on mainstream television daily, exposing significant examples of horrific happenstance and further desensitizing people at large.
In the past few decades, it has become increasingly clear that a way of life has been creeping into the core energetics of the human soul which implants a negative internal investment in the natural world and the well-being of living creatures—humans included. Like the paradigm of the frog boiled alive as the temperature in the pot slowly rises, we fail to be conscious of what is imperiling our well-being. This metaphor reflects the inability or unwillingness of people to react or become aware of threats introduced gradually over time. Well, the temperature is rising quickly now.
More than ever before, people who desire to keep their health—and sanity—need to tune up awareness and act upon accurate information, often not found on mainstream paths due to the usual unadulterated power and profit motives. Those who keep their heads in the sand, like the frog in hot water, will meet with unforeseen consequences.
Recently, I was aghast to hear about the $63-billion-dollar merger of Monsanto with Bayer Corporation. Monsanto, of course, is infamous for introducing some of the most monstrous chemicals in the world such as Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) banned in 1979 due to causing environmental contamination and severe health issues, and Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide which is also linked to serious health effects including cancer. The European Union has banned Glyphosate in 28 countries. For many, the name Monsanto is synonymous with evil and dark dealings.
The Bayer name conjures a more innocuous profile, associated with products like Bayer aspirin, bur Bayer is responsible for one of the greatest headaches of all time—the neonicotinoid pesticides, thought to be influential in the decline in pollinator populations (honeybees, etc.) which threatens disastrous consequences for our environment.
This merger, estimated to give Bayer-Monsanto control of 25% of the seed and pesticide distribution throughout the world, will expand the dispensation of genetically modified (GMO) seeds—an assault which cannot be recalled. Bayer will be retiring the Monsanto name, and will no doubt purvey their destructive influence under the Bayer name or through subsidiaries.
“The consolidation of the biotech industry means that consumers
must be even more vigilant in the coming years for products
that negatively impact human health and the environment.”
—The Pulse of Natural Health Newsletter
Be on high alert—it is not possible here to describe or recap the gravity and scope of the forces leading to this strange, dark moment in human history. We teeter on a precarious edge that must be seen for what it bodes. Recall that when terrible threats become collectively visible, there abides a potential for awakening and transformation. This requires affirmative action. A recent article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Harvest of Greed: The Merger of Bayer and Monsanto,” offers a well-documented look into the evolution of this challenge, as well as a path to self-protection and social action. This is an informative resource to start with.
“A willingness to approach edges, to live on the edge, will increase the
probability that a person [or a culture] will approach a spiritual
edge—the intersection point between the world of
matter and the world of spirit where extraordinary
breakthroughs in consciousness can occur.”
I happen to live in an area where nature is appreciated in varying degrees. The neighborhood is centered in a designated bird sanctuary. Most of my neighbors are Eastern European, and several of them keep bees—beekeepers usually have a higher than average respect for the natural world. However, about half of the residents in this neighborhood continue using pesticides or weed killers on their lawns.
I explained to one neighbor how poisons seep into the underground water, resulting in collective damage to both animals and the environment. To this woman’s credit, she stopped this practice immediately. It turns out, she hadn’t previously given thought as to why her lawn care man had recommended the service. After a year of discontinuing this service, her lawn doesn’t look any different—and her bill has been reduced.
I asked another neighbor, who purports to love the environment and wild animals, if she was aware of the ingredients in the weed killer she was using. She didn’t know, so I asked her why she used it at all, considering the natural setting and regular lawn maintenance. Her response was, “Because I always did it when I lived up north,” then waived off further comments as to the collective importance of the use of pesticides, making an argument that she didn’t want to know about the negative impacts occurring in the world.
Not long ago, unfortunately, she landed in an emergency room from a severe reaction to chemicals in her hair dye. So here is the moral to this incident: Knowing about the use of toxic substances on our person and upon the environment is far more empowering than not knowing. Applied knowledge is power.