Garden's for a Future


Natural Bonds aka Unbiased Social-Ability
November 19, 2010, 5:36 am
Filed under: History, Marketing, Patterns in Nature

I have a bad habit of putting down a book and re-reading the same portion over and over again till I get past that and really get down to reading.

The book at this moment is Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, excellent story so far, and it reinforces my previous post on Marketting like the HIV Virus.

One story in particular that Gladwell focuses on is the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes. Both set out to tell the populace that the British were coming and to be prepared. Paul Revere’s message spread and his name is known in all American history books. Dawes message on the other hand did not go far at all failing to reach the militia.

What was the difference? Revere was a Connector within his community. He had many weak ties in many areas and  naturally was a sociable person talking to anyone and everyone. Dawes on the other hand was a normal person with a normal social circle.

In nature, the bonds and networks within a forest ecosystem are comparable. Linking within a group of species can be beneficial; however, cooperating outside of your species is survival.

For example, mycelium is the vegetative part of fungi. It forms hair-like strands within the soil and can connect to the plants and wildlife within a forest. This connection fosters benefits to both species. The fungi has a home that provides essential starches and nutrients while the tree or plant can obtain nutrients and water through the mycelial network with a boosted immune system (the fungi will eat away diseased tissue and fight off infection/disease).

Another key note is the mycelial connection to all living plants within a forest especially the elderly. Their experience and growth nurtures the younger plants until they can survive on their own and one day give it back.

That’s all for now.

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Invasives (part 2): A Change in Paradigm and the World
November 17, 2010, 6:36 am
Filed under: History, Patterns in Nature

Reflecting back on the previous post, the introduction of citrus plants and horses are examples of a foreign plant and animal that did not devastate the native ecosystem. There are more examples, but I’ll let you do that research on your own. From here, I’ll continue the debate of invasives species; plant, animal, and human.

Today, the introduction of new species can and does devastate the environment. So what is happening?

For one, the increased amount of travel increases the opportunity for foreign substances to come into a country via boat or plane. Other factors to consider is the decline in biodiversity in our local environments and the continual successional setbacks in nature.

The destruction of the environment also eliminates homes for predatory animals allowing other animals to infiltrate and leaving the job for us to take care of. The same can be said for plants. If we do not allow systems to regenerate, the opportunity for plants adapted to such environments becomes inevitable.

For example, the constant stream of nitrogen rich fertilizers, industrial and human waste are altering the land and water ecosystems. In the Chesapeake Bay, these pollutants are creating a hypoxic environment where virtually no oxygen is available for most aquatic life. Instead, animals that are adapted to this environment are becoming more prevalent such as jellyfish in replacement of fish, crabs, oysters, and bass. Other examples of such environments are dead zones where NO LIFE can exist.

Moving on, lets focus for a moment on immigrants in any country.

The argument is the same. We’ve created this environment. People are naturally protective of their belongings and thwart any change to their personal environment. This is much like a dog or animal marking their territory. In a productive and over-abundant society, the idea of invasion is minimized to a selective few if any. The key is when resources are abundant the need for fighting is mostly diminished. When resources are scarce, animals and people tend to fight for it; hand to hand combat, community boundaries, racial clashes, ethnic cleansing, religious segregation, etc. The argument changes in relation to reproduction; everybody fights.

In addition, the consumer society demanding low, affordable prices to continue our consumption of natural resources and industries having to be profitable to continue operations and their life add to the effects of “invasive” environments. Overall, this endless consumption and motive for profit neglects environmental issues and basic human rights. Back in the day, when people did not get along for any reason they could move to another part of the town, the country, and today the world. Currently, the opportunity for movement is decreasing. What’s the solution?

Easy, we need to learn to solve our petty problems and get down to the real issues through peaceful negotiations, or  we kill each other till we have a winner, or we kill each other till everyone and everything is dead. Either way, the path to reconstruction needs to be unpaved, but it will be inevitable regardless. Remember nature has survived several extinctions; it will survive with or without us.

All in all, the invasive environment is the result of our ignorant actions towards nature. If our societies were abundant and rich with a natural environment that provided fresh water and food, there would be no invasive plants, animals or people. We could share the overabundance with our neighbors, friends, and animals.

Wouldn’t that be worth working for?

no No NO!?!. . .

WOULDN”T THAT BE WORTH LIVING!?!



Invasives: When Plants and Animals Attack!
November 14, 2010, 6:14 am
Filed under: History

Plants and animals are travelers.

Sometimes, things don’t work out well in the ole jungle, and you have to move out. People do it all the time and so does nature. They just do it differently.

Plants disperse seeds in a variety of ways, but they also can create bonds between animals (like ourselves) traveling with us to new territories. Some times it’s just so hard to give up the things you love

like oranges.

Florida citrus plants are hailed to be grown here in America, but they did not originate here. The origin of oranges is traced back to Asia with no exact locations at this moment. As trade began to develop amongst nations, the Romans obtained seeds from the Persians and it’s spread in Mediterranean region began.

On his voyage to discover India, Columbus ran into what is now the Bahamas and brought orange seeds with him on his second trip. Soon after, the Portuguese brought some oranges with them to Brazil. As it happened in the Mediterranean region, history repeated itself in the Americas. Oranges found a new home.

The same story can be said about peanuts, peaches, limes, tangerines, other citrus fruits,

and animals.

History shows that horses used to be native to the Americas, but for some reason vanished. With the passage of time they were brought back again by the Spaniards. Years passed and wild horses were once again native to this region.

On another note, a story that we have forgotten (or fail to realize) is the migration of people. Like plants and animals that are not “native” to the region, we too place social implications on our own brethren.

But I’m digressing. You can think for yourself and I’ll leave with the words of Woody Guthrie and Sharon Jones:

“This Land was made for You and Me.” – Woody Guthrie

This Land is Your Land” – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Definitions:

You: pronoun for second-person or being

Being: a living organism

References:

POWELL, L. (2009). A Review of “Citrus: A History”. Food & Foodways: History & Culture of Human Nourishment, 17(2), 136-138. doi:10.1080/07409710902925912.

Weinberger, E. (2009). Oranges & Peanuts for Sale. (pp. 148-149). Southern Review. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.