What Goes Around, Comes Around

  What goes around, comes around has a couple of meanings. One is that there are consequences to everything we do – we reap what we sow.  Another connotation has to do with the cyclic repetition of events, thoughts, or activities.  The length of time for the cycles to occur is variable.  

     When you are 85 a lot of things that ‘come around’ have alrealdy ‘gone around’ – maybe  than once  When you’re younger, many significant cycles have not had time to ‘go around’ and they are not readily apparent to the casual observer.

     The periodic changes in clothing stylesm especially the length of women’s skirts.  is one example. Changes is scientific perception is another.– “the scientific ‘truth’ of today becomes the discarded error of tomorrow.”  

     There are also cycles in agricultural practices. As an example, there is a commentary in EcoWatch entitled  “Soil Health: The Next Agricultural Revolution”.  It is a good article and well worth reading. (Check it out at https://www.ecowatch.com/soil-health-as-the-next-agricultural-revolution-2625362894.html)

     The opening paragraph reads, “By adopting three practices—no-till farming, cover crops and diverse crop rotations—farmers worldwide can help preserve the world's soils, feed a growing global population, mitigate climate change and protect the environment.”   This may sound revolutionary to the current generation but for me it harkens back to the beginning of the organic movement.

     Sir Albert Howard’s book An Agricultural Testament was published in the US in 1943.  It described his research on composting in India.  He stated, “The health of soil, plant, animal, and man is one, and indivisible.”  Sir Albert is now known at the Father of Modern Orgainic Agriculture.

     Howard’s book inspired J. I. Rodale to begin publishing the innovative magazine “Organic Gardending and Farming” which popularized the organic concept nationwide.   Also in the 1040s, Louis Bromfield wrote many books about how he rejuvenated several farms in his native Ohio. His tales not only explained his methods but also romanticized the results.  Dr. William Albrecht, at the University of Missouri,  was one of the first scientist to promulgate the idea that healthy animals and man depended on healthy soil and plants.

     The common thread here is that all these pioneers from 70 or so years   ago advocated similar agricultural practices almost identical to those cited in the above article – build organic matter, minimum tillage, cover crops, crop rotations, and eschewing the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides. 

     Hopefully, we will be able to break out of the stranglehold government now has on true organic agriculture and allow the new “revolution” to succeed.  What goes around, comes aroung!

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