Scientific American recently reported that researchers have discovered that some crops are producing compounds harmful to humans as a result of climate change. The stress of climate change is forcing the plants to accumulate nitrates in quantities capable of causing health problems for people who eat them.
A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather.
Is Gaia defending herself? Are we causing Her such harm that She must resort to poisoning us? The Earth can be seen as an organism, and perhaps some of the events of late such as storms, droughts, and diseases, can be construed as defense mechanisms against the crisis of climate change. Is it possibly the same for war and interpersonal violence? Are we being pushed (especially Americans) into more violent behavior in order to reduce our overwhelming population? These are sobering thoughts. We need to remember that what is important is life itself, and Gaia will preserve that. We, however, may have crossed the line by pushing the environment too far, which some say we have done already. We still have time to redress our mistakes, but time will also tell us whether we do.
We should consider that we are all One with our world, and care for it as ourselves. When we do, our world will be in greater harmony than has been seen for long years, and we shall be happier than we have been with all our conveniences and gadgets.
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