Another twig to the fire

Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 10:41 p.m.
Here's how it works. The first invaders kill off all the big juicy mammoths. The next invaders kill off all those pesky natives, quickly followed by the bison, so that we can plant monocultural crops from sea to shining sea.
Soon the soil is exhausted and the cities are crowded, so we look around for available resources to plunder, but there aren't any. It's time to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
The forests of north Florida have already been destroyed to create toilet paper and junk mail, but it's been a sloppy business, and as a result a few scraps remain. What a shame! How disorderly!
In the minds of those who would scrape the land clean in the name of progress, these few remaining weeds and bugs are a wonderful new resource called biomass! This so-called biomass is not waste, it is the pitiful remnant of what was once the living fabric of our once beautiful state. Nothing is wasted in nature, not a leaf, not a twig. All contribute to the web of life that sustains us.
Biomass is being promoted by the same people who destroyed our forests in the first place. They recognize that our ruined forest lands can no longer support the spindly pine trees that are their stock in trade, so now, in their greed, they want to grind up every single bug and weed.
Scrape the land clean and what you get is desert, like the once green lands of the fertile crescent. So it is that as a society we sit shivering around the last glowing embers of our resource base. Go ahead, add another twig to the fire. Watch it flicker and die.
Bruce J. Morgan, Archer

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