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Friday, April 22, 2011

THIS, NOT THAT, A Rant For The Earth

Today is Earth Day. Plant a tree. Challenge a climate crank (those who think the Earth is flat and the ice caps aren't melting). Reduce, Reuse, Recyle. I invite you to visit my friend, Tricia O'Brien at Talespinning who has a way with photographs and a special post for Earth Day.

There are so many small things we can each do that add up to a global hug for Mother Earth. For instance, drink tap water or filtered water. The next time you reach for a bottle of water, consider the economy of drinking water from a glass that won't go into a landfill or require energy to be recyled.

I especially encourage people to boycott Nestle since they're drawing water out of the Great Lakes Aquifer to fill their plastic bottles which they then sell outside the watershed in defiance of the law of the region. It's more profitable than candy bars, but I don't know how they keeping winning a stay in the courts. The idea that bottled water is safer than tap water is one of the biggest health hoaxes in this country. (Unless, of course, your ground water is polluted by a neighboring mining operation or industrial enterprise.) There are more safeguards on tap water than bottled water, plus it's more economical and Earth friendly.


Following Tricia's example, I'd like to give you this:

A field of organic beans on our farm.


NOT THAT
A diseased field of Round-Up Ready beans.


Round-Up is poisoning the Earth and changing the molecular structure of our soil and must be banned.

Rise up for Earth Day. Make a stink!

20 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

I'm totally with you about water. Buying water, when we have fresh, clean water on tap (literally) is a criminal waste of money and resources.

I love the look of your happy beans!

rosaria said...

Yes! The truth about our interference and control is very sad indeed.

Wine and Words said...

I have a vase of organic farm picked mint on my desk...the leaves ready to pluck and fill my daily refilled stainless steel water bottle with added freshness :) Happy Earth Day!

Travener said...

Here's an idea for a novel. Round-Up-Ready-like substance on a rampage. I'd do it myself but I don't want to do all the research about farming.

Between GMOs and antibiotic-resistance bacteria, it'll be an interesting world my kids and grandkids inherit.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Frances,
Thanks. Isn't that the best looking field of beans ever? Yes, all these millions of water bottles drive me nuts.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Rosaria,
Thanks so much for commenting.

Annie,
Yummy. What a great idea! Fresh mint in the water. I'll have to try it. Stainless steel is definitely the way to go. Thanks!

Trav,
Funny you should say that as it does crop up in my latest effort. And no research was necessary! It's all very sad when you think about what we're leaving our grandchildren, unless we make a miraculous turnaround. Thanks for commenting!

Sarah Allen said...

Beautiful post, and very true. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Elisabeth said...

Hi Yvonne. I'm here via Enchanted Oak. Here in Australia bottled water is as much a problem as you suggest it is for you there.

It amazes me that in these changed times when we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint practices such as these continue.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Sarah Allen,
How nice to meet you. Thanks for commenting. I'll be over to visit your blog asap. Thanks again!

Elisabeth,
Thanks for following my blog and joining in the conversation. I love meeting people from afar. I think the plastic bottle thing is a world-wide growing problem. As long as people are willing to pay $2 for 16oz of water in a plastic bottle, Nestle and the like will happily reap it in.

Taryn Tyler said...

Wow. The difference between those two crops is astounding.

Keep ranting :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Taryn,
Hi! Thank you. Pretty easy to tell which is which...guess I didn't have to point it out. Thanks again.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, my! I just got around to my bloghopping and saw you linked me. Thank you, and I'm in awe of your organic beanfield. It is so lush and green. Yay, you!
Here's hoping people will change their ways before we lose this incredible, one-of-a-kind planet.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tricia,
Yup, you're my role model! We don't need everyone to change their ways, just the majority. It'll happen. I have confidence because of people like you. Thank you!

Suzanne Casamento said...

I want to live on your farm.

That's it. ;)

Al said...

Go organic!

The whole bottled water scam is amazing!
Nestle are just so destructive across the world.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Suzanne,
I really need some help this summer with the garden! It's getting too big and I need to get out there right now and clean up my asparagus bed and here I am instead:) Thanks for commenting!

Al,
Thanks! Yes, Nestle should've stayed in Pennsylvania making candy bars. Why do companies have to expand into enterprises they have no place going? Why, why, why?

G-Man said...

Right On Yvonne!!

Yvonne Osborne said...

G-Man,
Thanks so much!

Deborah said...

Agree with all you say! Delighted to have discovered your blog through She Writes - and signed up to follow. Looking forward to more!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Deborah,
Thank you! I'm delighted to have you. She Writes is such a wealth of talent and information I haven't even begun to scratch the surface. Thanks again for following me. It's always inspiring to find a kindred spirit.