By Dennis Renner
I imagine I will upset quite a few people with this blog. My purpose in writing it is to cause people to think. It's time humanity took a long look into the looking glass.
I hear and see science applauding its' self all the time for the miracle drugs and vaccinations that it has produce for humanity. I also see science applauding its' self for our modern agricultural practices capable of feeding billions more people than ever before. And Humanity in a deluded state said. “It is good.”
When we study other species that we share this planet with we approach it from a purely analytical view point. We understand that evolution in order to create a balance in nature often uses disease, food supply or predators to keep a specie's population numbers in check. We have seen what can happen when a new species is suddenly introduced into a habitat that fails to have these natural balances. For instance the introduction of the European Rabbit into Australia. Here the rabbit had no natural enemies and so it spread like wild fire across the outback eating everything in its path.
After the European Rabbits introduction in 1859, Australia's ecology suffered devastating damage. The European Rabbit has been the suspected cause of the largest species loss in Australia. They are also responsible for devastating erosion across Australia by leaving the top soil exposed. Australia's ecosystem will never return to a pre-rabbit environment.
There is another species on this planet that is doing far more damage than the meek rabbit could ever do. Yes I am speaking of the human species. In an emotional response to the factors that held our populations numbers with-in check, we have arrogantly seen ourselves as some sort of divine creature superior to all others. If predators threatened us we destroyed them. If a disease causes massive death we created vaccines to put a stop to what we saw as pain, suffering and untimely death. We totally disregarded the fact that we needed such diseases to keep our numbers in balance with nature. We also failed to see that even though diseases may kill off large numbers it allows the strongest to survive there by strengthening the species. Yes it is how evolution works but humanity has tried to side step natural selection with the use of science.
The food factor: Today we grow and raise enough food to feed 7 billion people. Some too excess and others at nearly a starvation rate. Never the less through modern farming practices and using industrial chemicals we can produce more food than ever before. (Big Applause) Well maybe we need to look a little closer at our modern miracles before we get too emotionally excited. Perhaps we have forgotten that in science there is a law known as; Cause and Effect, and that it should always be studied before we act.
Humanity has been blinded by our emotions. We failed to see that our causes like eradicating diseases and producing major amounts of food could have some very serious effects. First, we now see our human population grown to an unsustainable rate. We are using up our natural resource, way beyond our planets ability to replace them. Resources like oil and certain minerals are not replaceable. Arable land is being destroyed at an alarming rate. It is already estimated that the amount of farm land that has been destroyed by modern farming practices equals the land mass of China and India combined. In America we are loosing our top soil, polluting our water ways, and creating dead zones along our oceans coastal regions all do to our scientific modern farming. On top of that we use billions of gallons of oil and natural gas to produce our food. With our current agricultural practices it takes 10 calories of petroleum for every 1 calorie that reaches our plates. Current food production is based on a finite resource.
The truth of all of this is that our modern food production both plant and animal is not even close to being sustainable. The effect will be like hitting a wall. As the human population moves on towards nine billion our petroleum resources, and our ability to feed the worlds population will collapse. To complicate things further our fresh water resources will fail to meet our agricultural needs. All ready many of our reservoirs and underground aquifers are seriously low.
The end result will be a massive human die off. I have read information off some of the scientific sites estimating 5.5 billion human deaths due to the affects of peak oil. Massive disease and starvation are still predicted to be the effect of our irresponsible arrogance and our scientific efforts.
Scientists and the rest of humanity should have seen this coming a long time ago. When considering any new technology it is always important to completely study the environmental effects. Just because we can do something does not always mean that we should do it. The side effects of the oil age, modern farming, and disease control have been proven to be disastrous for humanity. Over population is the result and it is pushing us into another extinction as we loose more and more species due to habitat and environmental destruction. Our mistake was in not realizing that we were symbiotically connected to nature and we needed to live and work responsibly with in nature instead of against it. In our arrogance we humans thought that we could outwit evolution and nature with our superior intellect and god's help.