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Why don't we ask why?

Where did modern agriculture go wrong? There's a saying, "If you don't study history, you are bound to repeat it." If you studied the Dust Bowl of the 1930's you realize, that to some degree, it was manmade. Modern practices can be to blame for many of our farming struggles today. We seem to be shortsighted in this respect. Often times, we want a "quick fix" to our problems, but sometimes one intervention leads to another. Ty stumbled upon an online database of farming publications that are now out of print. Much of the material is on soil health. There was a section written circa 1950 on how dairy cows were being given hormones to increase milk production. The hormones helped in regards to quantity, but they were finding the calves were getting sick from it. The solution was to take the calves off their mother's milk and supplement, while the milk was used strictly for human consumption. So the hormones created sick calves but was healthy for humans? In addition, the hormones created fertility problems. New practices and technology are being used without longterm consequences in mind. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. There is a design to the natural world. Let us respect that. Let us observe and honor the biology. Biology is the study of life. Observe life, observe nature, ask why we do what we do. Perhaps we can help out in gentle ways. Balance often comes about when we allow the natural world to work the way it was intended to.

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