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Re: herbs > antibiotics/pesticides

Agree, Melody. Though my vegetable plot is small, it occasionally produces more than Gary and I can use, so I go to my neighbors 'bearing gifts'. I always warn them that because I do not use pesticides, they are likely to find that either there is some evidence of munching, or some insects will be found. While it is true that our newest scientific developments may not be better, God did give us intelligence and problem solving abilities for a reason.

On Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at 07:25 PM, Melody wrote:

Let's examine some of the reasons farmers use pesticides and antibiotics
in the first place...namely that consumers who buy their products (i.e.
Mr/Ms/Mrs. Smith who go grocery shopping every day) don't want to find
meal bugs in their cereal or worms on thier fruits/vegetables...no, they
want all of their food to appear perfectly ripe, with no hint whatsoever
of insect infestation. We the consumers demand leaner and leaner cuts of
meat, which is muscle and is not something the average cow is going to
grow much of just standing around in a fenced in field munching on
grass; not to mention the near devastation of Britain's meat industry
over mad cow disease, which is a **virus** not a bacteria!! ...all I'm
saying, in defense of farmers, as I'm doing a Donna and ducking and
running...is that if consumers did not demand the level of perfection in
their foodstuffs that they do, then there wouldn't really be a perceived
need for antibiotics and pesticides, now would there? Also, has anyone
heard of yellow rice? It is genetically engineered rice that is rich in
Vitamin A and is saving the sight of millions of 3rd world persons
around the world!! Not all of this science is bad stuff.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
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