AIR, maybe one of the most sought-after gases. Without it we would die a most certain death. What is our air comprised of? It is made of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen and trace amounts of other elements from our environment. So, what does this have to do with the farming communities and the agriculture world at large? A LOT. Farmers are not only the world’s producers of our foods, but they also play a vital role in the cleansing and purifying of our air. Who knew, right! Farmers are at the head of so many movements for our future survival! I have always been in awe of the farmer. What he/she has been able to do with a single seed. Just wow. It is such a worthwhile pursuit and one that deserves accolades. So thank you, farmers of America, thank you for all you do, Including improving our air quality.
What affects the air we breathe- well most certainly we are seeing an elevated level of contaminated air from all of the industrial waste and air pollution, fuels and hydrocarbons that are being pumped into our atmosphere. What cleans this dirty and polluted air? Trees and living plants- that’s what. They give us oxygen and store carbon, reducing the greenhouse effect caused by elevated CO2 levels. They also purify the air we breathe and it is now surmised that the microorganisms in our potted plants’ soils also have a part to play in purifying our indoor air. So, I will extrapolate out that if the microorganisms in the soils of potted plants can clean our indoor air then land and soils in our fields and plains can do just the same. Again the farmer comes to our rescue. With his/her ethical practices of sustainable and regenerative farming practices they restore not only the Earth’s microcosm of microorganisms in our soils, increase the capacity of the land to hold water, but now also clean our AIR. What more valuable of a pursuit is there! To you, farmers of America, my hat goes off to you and my heartfelt thanks.
In my office I have seen the gamut of illnesses, many of which are on the rise. Illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and the like are sadly common place in my nutrition/wellness clinic. In addition to these illnesses; I am now seeing a much higher incident of food allergies, ie. nuts, dairy, grains and sugars. Why is this I wondered, what has changed in our society and globally on our planet to give rise to such an increase in food allergies? Well, what I am seeing in my office points directly to the toxic chemicals that are being sprayed on our grasses, weeds and crops and the pollution in our water and air from many-many different sources. I realized that we are all a part of the big picture. We all can take action to lessen the harmful chemicals we use in and around our homes, the pollution being pumped into the air and water by changing our viewpoints.
When I treated my yard many years ago I decided to go with an organic company that only used substances that were safe for the land, animals and me. Yeah, it cost a little bit more, but in the end, it saved me a lot. Not only money, but I also in avoided the suffering others endure in the form of unwanted diseases, etc. I did this because I look not to what this planet can do for me while I’m alive, but what I can do to make this land better for generations to come. What if we all did that?
What if we all operated with the philosophy of, “what can we do to better ourselves, our families, our groups ( i.e. businesses, societies, teams), Mankind, our plants and animals, our planet and beyond.”
Do you think we would all be better for it? Do you think that this would increase each of our survival potentials, our happiness and sense of accomplishment for the greatest good? I find this to be true for me. I have found an increased amount of joy by helping others and being part of a group that is driven by a higher calling of brotherhood with Mankind and our planet. And after all what is life all about. It is about helping and serving others so they in turn become healthier and happier and can help others in return. I truly believe in the “pay it forward” philosophy.