Do we have the right to wreck Earth?
To the editor:
Three years ago in these same pages, Dr. John Abraham predicted a hotter and wetter future for the Alexandria area. He might as well have said all of Minnesota will face warmer winters, longer summers and weather volatility unseen heretofore.
What no one has said is that farmers themselves are part of the cause for the climate change they now have to face. Bullied by the seed companies and encouraged by federal farm policy, industrial farmers will have a tough time changing from mono-crops, deep tilling, copious pesticide and fertilizer application and the profligate use of water. In some areas of the country we are already seeing rising conflict between cities and farmers over water.
Yet, those who practice farming with methods called sustainability are not eligible for the farm insurance program, which favors big farmers producing cotton, sugar, corn, soybeans and rice. Surely job one is creation of a farm policy that effectively protects our food security.
Enlightened religious leaders remind us that we are dangerously misguided if we think we can divorce ourselves from nature, enjoy its benefits and not care for it as we care for ourselves, because, indeed, we are inextricably part of nature and we wreck it at our peril.