Sunday, April 27, 2014


“A People without a history is like wind on the Buffalo grass.” - Sioux Nation proverb

     I am grass, 20% of all vegetation on earth, 10,000 domesticated and wild species, our cereal sisters sustain your easy-going life - perhaps 20% of your economy. Our family is one of the oldest on earth. True grass, the Poaceae (alled Graminae) the cereals (corn, maize, wheat, etc.), bamboo and varieties you use of lawns. Cousins are the sedges (Cyperceae), rushes and others. You do not know your history with me.
     Anglo-European paranoia over grass started with the name “lawn” from the Middle English word launde which originally meant an opening in the woods. English mansions created artificial stretches of lawn, without trees, to provide an open view of approaching hostile, visitors. This was your first – and is stilL your prevailing environmental and immigration attitude – someone wants to do you harm so you’d better dominate them first.
     The prairie grasses were some of the mightiest grasses on your continent – 10-foot high with spectacular waving seed clusters and graceful leaves that towered over you. In the 1800s you cut them deep with the John Deere mold-board plow, massacred the prairie grasses, turned over the belly of the Earth and called yourselves “sod busters”.
In the “Roaring 20’s” your Department of Agriculture, pushed as they always are to try to make profits for American industry, attemted a genocide on grasses and promoted widespread use of herbicide in chemical farming, and pushed the rapid mechanization of farms with small tractors and combine harvesters. You stripped the midwest and what land was too rough to plow, you overgrazed in a decade of environmental shame. 
Some farmers in Europe saw the decline immediately. They asked Rudolf Steiner about non-chemical agriculture and the agricultural world split. Most went the chemical-industrial path with it's economic models, hybrid seed and scientific management. Others went the qualitative and environmentally concerned path to biodynamics and developed organics as we know it today. 
     The payback for foolishness was quick. In the U.S. in the 30s was a “dust bowl” with gigantic “black blizzards” blowing topsoil hundreds of miles. It devastated America's heartland. Farms were lost. Lives ruined. Suicides common. And, why? What was learned as the result of destroying part of nature’s fabric - the grasses? By the 1940’s Secretary of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace lamented the tragedy as only a bureaucrat could and waxed eloquent about “the strength and quiet of grass.” Your economy was only saved only by a military industrial complex which caused more deaths in WWII.
By the 50’s no lessons were learned - all this was forgotten - you never embraced grass but assigned grass to sports fields and tract houses and, you indiscriminately sprayed the roadsides. Your militaristic spirit led to spraying DDT from airplanes which resulted in wide-spread environmental damage and a “Silent Spring.”
And still it continues today through your agro-chemical industrial world economic domination, forcing a “green revolution” on poorer countries which has caused environmental degradation, farm failure and farmer suicides as massive as those the 30’s in the U.S.
And consumers have been silenced at home and told GMO’s are “the same as other plants”. Sure. So, how is it detectable in breast milk? What will it do to children? And now global warming. Isn't there something about carbon uptake from grasses you haven't heard about? Bamboo is grass. “The wind over Buffalo Grass.”


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