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  •  Well, no. That is not my thinking. (0+ / 0-)

    The use of biocides in landscape management and the use of antibiotics as a medicine of last resort are not the same issue.

    First- the use of biocides in agriculture and landscape management is first and foremost a cultural issue. As a culture we value monocultures, decreased diversity, and landscapes that conform to our notion of what nature or a farm are supposed to look like- rather than what the landscape is telling us.

    You don't plant a massive monoculture, even with crop rotation, and not expect it to become a veritable smorgasbord for herbivores and plant disease. The whole idea that you can is not based in reality. The same goes with forcing thousands of animals into a confinement operation. Just because you have antibiotics doesn't mean you can force feed animals diets their bodies cannot digest naturally while they stand in their own feces alongside hundreds of other animals.

    No, the use of these "products" stems from our insane belief that we can force organisms into unnatural life styles simply because we have technology. The idea reeks of more than just hubris.

    That said, the judicious use of antibiotics and medicine for health of an animal that has otherwise been fed real food and allowed to live in an environment close to its EEA (environment of evolutionary adaptedness) is another topic entirely.

    You took "my thinking" to the extreme position of never using anything man makes, ever. Which is of course ridiculous and disrespectful. My thinking includes the ability to have different positions on different subjects.

    A Victory Garden documents our experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles.

    by FinchJ on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 06:23:13 AM PDT

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