Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Future Not Widely Distributed


~William Gibson

Of Note: Global hunger is not a sexy subject. Many people roll their eyes when the topic is broached. After all, didn't Jesus say the poor would always be among us? Doesn't "Love thy neighbor" mean the guy or gal next door? Even at where six sites vie for attention, the "save the animal" site gets six times more hits than the "feed the people" site. So what this means is that people, who go to this Website and by clicking give a free donation to the chosen site or all the sites for that matter, prefer feeding helpless animals to helpless people. By an overwhelming majority. What is it about feeding people that is so uninteresting a topic that it gets bypassed completely when all that is required is a free "click?" On another front, my sister emailed an article touting the fact that the genome of wheat had been cracked. It now joins rice (2005,) corn (2009) and soybeans (2010) in having a genome that is open to scientific inquiry. But not so fast said one food scarcity scientist, who heralded the discovery as the most significant move forward in wheat farming in 10,000 years but emphasized that reforming the politics and economics of food distribution was as equally as important. Nobel prize winner, Norman Borlaug, who is the Father of the Green Revolution, thought that past growing more food, roads were the answer. For without roads, the increased supply could not get to market. It seems that the discussion could go on and on, and all the while people continue without food. Could it be that all the technology and infrastructure in the world will not solve the problem without first a radical shift in the way we think about sharing and cooperation, social justice and equality? Changing our minds; now that would be a revolutionary breakthrough.

Today's Weather Report: No rain for several days now but a shower or two is forecast tomorrow. The patch of grass being nurtured by my husband could use a good soaking. Recycling has finally come to rural America. We now have a large recycling bin to match our large garbage bin that is emptied regularly by the fleet of trucks from the waste management company. As for all changes, it has required a shift in thinking about our garbage. Most of the paper has been recycled for several years now in our wood burning boiler, but the rest of the glass, aluminum and plastic has been thrown out with the regular trash. Now we have a separate recycle trash can in our house and feel satisfied that we have joined the rest of the USA in this endeavor. I wish we could compost but last time we tried that it brought all sorts of unwanted critters into the area, and we have enough trouble around here with unwanted, hungry critters.