Current state of our planet
“Nature is innocent, abundant – but unforgiving. We have exploited her resources and she’s responding like a mirror, reflecting our gluttony, and plunder with dwindling resources, pollution, unclean air, unsafe water, toxic food, and cancerous by-products of technology. As we change our environment to suit our short-range ambitions, we risk the very survival of the human race.” – Dr Denis Waitley (The Psychology of Winning).
The world’s population is now approaching 7 billion (about 1.6 billion in 1900). Without fossil fuels the population must drop to about 2 or 3 billion. In terms of agriculture alone we would be able to accommodate only about half the present number of people.
Modern industrial society is based on a triad of hydrocarbons, metals, and electricity. The three are intricately connected; each is accessible only if the other two are present. As each of the three members of the triad threatens to break down, we are looking at a society that is far more primitive than the one to which we have been accustomed.
Rising temperatures and falling water tables are causing havoc in grain harvests everywhere, but the biggest dent is caused by the bio-fuel industry, which is growing at over 20 percent per year. In 2007, 88 million tons of US corn, a quarter of the entire US harvest, was turned into automotive fuel.
Honeybees not only produce honey, but play a vital role in the balance of nature, especially the pollination. Today the varroa mite and mono-culture are mainly responsible for the collapse and death of bees around the world. Australia is the only honey-producing country in the world where the varroa mite is not present.
The world without bees means no fruits, no grain, and no plants. Approximately 80% of our food depends on bees pollination.
Monoculture has certain short-term benefits. However, in the long-term, the disadvantages of monoculture are overwhelming. The most compelling disadvantage of monoculture farming is that it is not adaptable. Because monoculture farming requires ever-increasing levels of chemical inputs, the negative impacts on the environment are also continuously increasing. Many of the chemicals used in commercial agriculture are known to be toxic and/or carcinogenic, or have other negative impacts on humans, animals and insects such as bees.
The production of so-called field or grain corn without irrigation or mechanized agriculture is only about a third of the yield that a farmer would get with modern machinery and chemical fertilizer. Under primitive conditions then, 1 hectare of corn would support only 3 or 4 people.
11% of the world’s total land area is arable land. On average there are 438 people per km2 of arable land (about 4 people per hectare). Less than a third of the world’s 200-odd countries are actually within that ratio. In other words, there are already too many people to be supported by non-mechanized agriculture.
We are losing about 12 million hectares per year Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 15% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet". More than 20% of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
On the list of endangered species there are over 10000 animals and over 9000 plants!
At the March 2009 range states meeting of the five polar bear nations, scientists agreed that climate change is the single biggest threat facing polar bears.
The Arctic is experiencing the warmest air temperatures in four centuries, and sea ice losses in the summer of 2012 broke all previous records. The Arctic has experienced warm periods before, but the present, rapid shrinking of sea ice is unprecedented. It has been linked to a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
The production rate of fresh water is declining. By 2025, about 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under conditions of water stress ― the threshold for meeting the water requirements for agriculture, industry, domestic purposes, energy and the environment.
TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
There are many thousands of bears being held captive in the bile industry across East and South East Asia, suffering desperately cruel conditions, right now. They are confined so bile can be extracted from their gall bladders and sold for use in some Traditional Asian Medicine. The inhumane methods used to extract bile causes severe pain and trauma to the bears, who occupy tiny cages. Their suffering is intense. WSPA believes bear farming is cruel, unnecessary and must end. Increasing numbers of Traditional Asian Medicine practitioners agree, and are turning to herbal and synthetic alternatives.
"Don't they breathe like we breathe? Don't their hearts beat like our hearts?”