When it was understood the seed gave life, life changed for all living things.
Over thousands of years, man has evolved because he learned to manipulate the basic elemental concepts that make energy to sustain and strengthen life. Agricultureís slow and steady evolution attests to manís ability to exercise patience, which has quickly and recklessly diminished. In such little time, man has changed the Earth that once needed nothing from him, never denying the seeds giving way to trees needed for the human to survive.
How quickly the land turned when it became sick because of ideas so separate, so different from the beginning. Within 200 years of reducing its mere existence through science, it has started to blow away; it has become dependent on systems that leave traces in the water, in the food and in man responsible for the practices. The fields, however, have produced beyond what was once imaginable, enabling seemingly endless growth in a world showing signs of stress that is not without a search for a remedy. Today the ideas, the solutions are not so original, and are emerging as agents of change calling on the past to prepare for the future.
This agricultural renaissance was evident and snuggly tucked in beside the modern and conventional methods last week at the Colorado State University Extension 2013 Rocky Mountain Agriculture Conference in Monte Vista. Between chemical spraying airplanes and laboratory mixes ready to deliver a fresh hit of nitrogen sat green manure seed samples and natural compost amendments. Before a technology seminar, producers heard about sustainable methods encouraging conservation without becoming discouraged with yields. One man presented on the power of a local economy and another on the corporationís take on a sustainability model. It was a collection of years of practice presenting conflict and interest in a world of solutions, a web of destruction and the weakest links in the chain of modern survival.
Above all, the conference strengthened the possibility of man taking man out of this world. It seems the war between economy and ecology wonít bother the Earth in the long run because man has created his own path, separate and not equal. On her own, she would heal. She might even enjoy remembering when she gave the gift of food, water and, ultimately, life to those grateful to simply sustain; before man walked on two legs carrying a greedy mind and a fat stomach. She might never forget what happened over thousands of years, and never allow herself to fall victim to such manipulation, denying the seed that gives life.
Or maybe man will change, again, recognizing the patience in the circle of life and repair his mistakes for many instead of one field, one crop and one way for only oneís survival. Then, just like first seed discovered in the wild wheat fields, life would change for all living things.