To treat a malaria outbreak in Borneo in the 1950s, the World Health Organization (WHO) sprayed DDT to kill mosquitoes.
But the DDT also killed parasitic wasps which were controlling thatch-eating caterpillars.
As a result, the thatched roofs of many homes fell down, and the DDT-poisoned insects were eaten by geckoes, which were in turn eaten by cats.
The cats perished, which led to the multiplication of rats, and then outbreaks of sylvatic plague and typhus.
To put an end to this destructive chain of events, WHO had to parachute one hundred and forty five thousand live cats into the area to control the rats.
So, what has this little story got to do with self-sufficiency, I hear you ask?
Well, it’s all about circles and loops and asking oneself questions…
For to be self-sufficient it is important to engage with the World, Nature and develop awareness of consequences.
What will happen to this packaging?
Where does my waste water go?
Can I ameliorate the senseless pollution being washed down into the rivers and seas by choosing NOT to use chemicals?
In other words, make it your business to engage and understand why things are as they are!
The clock ticks on our world.
Not the Earth, for that will go on, but humankind teeters on the brink of destruction…SELF-destruction.
And we are part of it all the time we fail to engage fully with our state of living.
We cannot throw it away, for there is no ‘away!’
I listened to a woman berate a caller to a rather mediocre radio show here in Ireland.
The woman was stating that if people stopped killing animals, we would be over-run with rats…Veganism was being held up as a possible curse upon the country!
This is the kind of ‘closed-thinking,’ that the corrupt media has brain-washed us with for decades.
More and more people are trotting out banal statements without engaging with the problem they talk about.
As Rachel Carson once said…”The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists solely for the convenience of man…
It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century, this little headland would be thronged with spectators.
But it can be seen many scores of nights in any year, and so the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead.
And because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they never will.”
Missy, the ginger cat, has become a Bealtaine Angel…sadly missed in life, but a huge presence all around!
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The merging of State and Corporate powers has produced nations of people who are driven by fear and greed. Fear as created by the Media and Governments, turned into loathing for other cultures…a good smokescreen that keeps people occupied! Greed for all the Corporate rubbish pushed at us through the Media.
Between the screens of fear, governments are encouraging people to eat horrendous, factory food that makes them ill and drains their energy. Once people buy into this they are then herded towards doctors and endless drugs to treate the effects of such appalling diets…they are then captives of the system that has abused them!
For the past seven years I have practiced Permaculture. Growing food, planting trees, harvesting energy, working towards self-sufficiency…and what an eye-opening experience it has all been.
Permaculture is a way out of the mess that so many people are now waking up to.
This past week has seen more visitors to Bealtaine Smallholding. All are welcome to come and look at a better way of living. Everyone who makes the journey, after several hours spent looking around, articulates the effect they have felt here…inspired to become more self-sufficient…and so many individual journeys begin, towards a better life, a lighter life with Gaia.