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  Gone Toxic
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, March 15, 2012
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The Horrific Flip Side To My Poem ‘Gone Wild’

 

 

“As long as there are billions to be made,

We will continue to destroy our own

Health and America’s Heartland.”

 

A Department of Agriculture Employee

 

 

 

 

We seldom learn a lesson, or heed history

When gobs and gobs of cash can be made

We’re spraying Agent Orange on our crops

Both our food and our water are toxic today

 

In a profit-driven match conceived in hell

Agroscience genetically modifies our crops

In partnership with the Agrochemical industry

Which sells Agent Orange herbicides, non-stop

 

Old fashioned god-given crops and natural weed remedies

Do not produce enough profits, for greedy companies today

So, they genetically alter our food, and create more toxic sprays

Which they convince farmers to use, to keep ‘Super Weeds’ away

 

And today, a never ending, toxic bombardment of air, land, and water

With toxic sprays, poisoning just about everything, we now drink and eat

Farmers who have ‘opted in’ to the profit-driven motives of the agro industry

Face higher and higher costs, if in this modern day hell, they hope to compete

 

What we are spraying on our food crops and into our water are known carcinogens

Far too many of our Vietnam Veterans learned this all too well, some forty years ago

These toxins are also killing honeybees, birds, and fish, and entering our water systems

But yet once again, our ‘leaders’ take no action to stop this, and on and on and on, it goes

 

Agent Orange, or 2, 4-D (2, 4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid), used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War, is extremely nasty stuff. It’s been linked to cancer, cell damage, hormonal disruption, reproductive problems, and birth defects. Unfortunately, more than 46 million pounds of it are still being used each and every year in the U.S., and its usage is still growing.  It is now in most weed-and-feed products, used heavily for agricultural purposes, and very routinely sprayed on our lawns to kill dandelions. It’s already prevalent in our drinking water, and in far too much of our surface and ground water.

And modern day farming is now completely dependent on the ever-increasing application of toxic agrochemicals. Some have even compared this practice to a drug addict who requires larger and larger fixes to stay high. Toxic herbicide use has increased steadily over the last twenty years as weeds develop resistance to them, and soon need to be doused with more and more, and even deadlier chemicals to kill them. This, in turn. requires more and more aggressive genetic engineering of crops that can somehow withstand this ever escalating toxic chemical assault.

Many agricultural experts and scientists are also now warning that our ever growing addiction to agrochemicals and genetically altered crops is unsustainable in the long run. The fertility of our planting soil is steadily declining as earthworms and other vital microorganisms are being killed off by these toxic pesticides and herbicides, which also pollute our groundwater supplies and compromise the health of farm animals that are now being fed with chemical-infused grain. And it’s recently been estimated that over 65 million birds now die each and every year, from eating toxic grain.

Today, we now horridly taint with deadly toxins just about everything that we consume from breakfast cereals and bread, to fruits and vegetables, to fish and meat.

We seldom learn a lesson or heed history,

When gobs and gobs of cash can be made;

We’re spraying Agent Orange on everything,

Both our food and our water, are toxic today.

 

-And Some Still Insist That We’re Not Killing Our Planet-

 

 

 

©March 2012, Mr. Ed

 
     


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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/19/2012
what we do is deplorable
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 3/17/2012
Thanks *Mr ED*

Living on borrowed land does not
give us the right to destroy it!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 3/17/2012
It's absolutely frightening that people continue to poison our precious Earth...without any conscience whatsoever! Thanks for sharing, Ed!

Anna
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/16/2012
ED ... SAD TRUTH! THANKS FOR SHARING.

I'D LIKE TO COPY THIS POST, AND SEND IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT WE BOTH KNOW THAT IT WOULD FALL ON DEAF EARS ...

TOXIC TRAGEDY ... LATER, DUDE ...
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/15/2012
When we are making plus here we are making a minus there. thanks ed
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 3/15/2012
You are always teaching us something, this is no exception to your many facets of intelligence...Thank you for being you!

Peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by jude forese 3/15/2012
Infomative and well written, Ed ....
Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 3/15/2012
A disheartening tragic reality that affects us all for the almighty dollar ... Wonderfully express!
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 3/15/2012
A tragic reality Mr. Ed. Thank you for addressing this
attack on our people and planet.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/15/2012
Yes, I think, Jersey hit right on, too bad, so many innocents have to die along with it, great article saved my friend, Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 3/15/2012
Unfortunately for the likes of you and me, the human race are parasites sucking the blood of our beautiful planet.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/15/2012
Mankind will die from eating all these additives before the planet, which will then be good for the planet...e

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