I think (and hope) that the glorification of better living thru science
is reaching its acme. It is difficult to believe this with the ongoing
onslaught of info about Monsanto's increasing worldwide herbicide sales,
but we have to take the good tidbits of news when we find them.
In my neighborhood, I have been involved with the california assoc. of
nurserymen for many years. The group has put out a curricula for kids
about planting that manages to not have TOO much chemical involvement in
it - just straight lessons about plant growth. But this was very hard to
accomplish, since there is a big faction of this industry (which tries to
call itself "green") that depends on chemicals for it's ornamental crop,
and of course they wanted their say, too. The GOOD news is that, in my
area at least, the teachers are using what SANetters would consider "the
good info" and pointing out the problems with the "bad" info. So, there
ARE people out there trying to offset the chemical status quo.
Also, we have many nurseries/garden centers (Northern Calif.) that are
starting to specialize in organic products, and spending time
educating their customers about organic practices, and they are meeting
with great success.
I guess what I really want to say is that I often feel overwhelmed when I
read about all the groundwater pollution, chemical sales, inaccurate
text, etc. But I have to take heart when I see people in my community
making a serious effort - 1 student at a time - to get to the core of the
issues and provide balance to the corporate version of the world. All
that any one of us can do is make the choice to personally behave in a
way that protects our world, or destroys it.
Above the fog, or in the clouds
p.s. I took a look thru my old World Book last night - the U-V volume,
circa 1970. I ran across the entry for Vietnam - now THAT was very
interesting. Talk about skewed...