I just read a thought-provoking article relating to soil, soul and society by Satish Kumar. There was a takeaway quote from there (I’ve thrown the capitalization in for emphasis)—“Letting go of EGO and going into ECO.” Just think what we could be doing as a society if we held this as our collective intention. In reading the latest from the newsfeeds regarding the government shutdown, there is much at stake with our foodchain.
To start with, the yearly meeting of the USDA has been cancelled, where there was to be a seminal debate over concerns regarding the potential power grab by the USDA that arbitrarily weakens the rules for approval of synthetic and non-organic materials used in organics. Jeez! These rules are not strong enough as it is, and now there is more time for those behind the weakening move to strengthen their position (read “corporations”). More money being poured into weakening the standards, as is happening in the state of Washington, where the debate over right-to-know GMO labeling is at stake once again with large corporations pouring over $17 million into the food-balloting initiative I-522. Then we have the issue regarding chickens and salmonella poisoning because there is no oversight at the moment regarding the processing and distribution of poultry due to shut-down. Why is this even a governmental concern? Why can’t we operate on a base level of integrity and transparency about where and how our food is grown and how it is processed? As humans, why can’t we humans learn to ask these important questions regarding the provenance of our food, the supply chain, and how we ultimately choose to live?
If we moved further into ECO, then quite possibly the understanding of the “where” and “how” of our food chain would become self-evident and a part of every child’s knowledge of the rhythms of the natural world. The EGO would not have the chance to dominate and control (large economics), but this would be a concern of the society as a whole as we grow our own ability to grow our health; albeit the soil’s health, the human health, and the larger society’s health, i.e. ECO.
Here’s the link to the article which started me on this rant: