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"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in introducing a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents - who have the laws on their side - and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) 

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weeds & insects

Posted 6/20/2010 5:10pm by Scott.

"Weeds and insects - and bacterial and fungal attacks - all point to the degree of degeneration in the soil. Although everything in eco-agriculture is connected to everything else, the whole fabric of interrelatedness is too complicated to permit straight-line connections (cause and effect) very often. Nevertheless we can offer a few notes. 

Fungi involved with plants during the past 15 million years were designed to take down plants that did not deserve to make seed. Such plants do not live up to the Creator's plan, so they must go. Insects and fungi are the first steps in taking, say, the wheat plant back into the decomposition cycle. If, indeed, insects went after the strongest, most thriving individuals, then there wouldn't be any strong seed - the worst possible natural selection. As it is, insects would rather die of starvation than eat plants grown in a healthy field."

 

An Acres USA Primer, Charles Walters Jr, and C.J. Fenzau 1979

 

Are you eating food grown in a healthy field?

Draw your own conclusions...