Just like ignorance of the law cannot be a legal excuse, ignorance of the laws of nature is a crime, not an oops. But, because most societies do not care much about nature, this crime generally goes unpunished by human laws. In the long run, however, trespassing against the laws of nature has only one outcome: We perish by one means or another. Since this perishing is distributed over space and time, most people do not make the connection. So think about all the cancer cases among the people you knew and remember. Or all the ADD or autistic children you know or have met. Or all the diabetics you know or have met. Did you notice how many people have rampant allergies? How much do you know about the Roundup-resistant super-weeds that crop up everywhere? How many people die in hospitals from deadly infections caused by the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug? What do you know about giant pig farms and cow feedlots? Do you understand connections between valley fever and industrial agriculture? And so on...
Probably the most fundamental law of nature is mass conservation: Mass of anything cannot be created from nothing and mass cannot disappear into nothing. This law was co-discovered by the Russian chemist Mikhail Lomonosov in 1765, and the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier in 1774. Lavoisier described this law in the first modern handbook of chemistry he published in 1789.
Since no chemical element, even hydrogen, can leave the living planet Earth, all Earth's households, called "ecosystems," conserve mass on average. Otherwise, these ecosystems would perish with no exceptions.The keywords here are:
- "The living planet," in which life put oxygen into the primordial Earth's atmosphere and created ozone that converts the light hydrogen molecules trying to escape the Earth's gravitational pull into the much heavier water molecules.
- "On average," because the small and young ecosystems can be subsidized for a while with the mass of nutrients and water from their surroundings.
The implications of this law are staggering:
- Nature knows of no waste and each large ecosystem recycles all mass. "Waste" is a concept developed by humans to hide our tragic negligence and ineptitude. One species' waste is food for another species, so that in the end no harmful chemicals are left to damage a functioning ecosystem. Nature does not do toxic waste super-sites; only humans do.
- A small imperfection in nature's total recycling enterprise are swamps, lakes, and estuaries that can bury minuscule quantities of organic detritus and remove it from an ecosystem. Over hundreds of millions of years, this imperfection gave us deposits of coal, crude oil and natural gas.
- If all mass is recycled, the biomass plants produce must be consumed by these plants and by the non-photosynthesizing organisms (heterotrophic bacteria, fungi and animals, including Homo Sapiens). Nothing spare is left on average at the planetary scale after the Earth completes each orbit around the Sun.
- Humans disturb natural ecosystems with the greedy monocultures of morphed plants, most of which cannot survive in the wild. We call these monocultures "industrial agriculture." We subsidize agriculture with external flows of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, sulfur, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc., fossil fuels outright, and often water. These plants sprout from the oft-patented and self-destructing seeds, which take more energy to produce than the heating value of an equal mass of gasoline. We then call these simplified, open, and always stunted ecosystems "sustainable agriculture." We can hide behind the fossil subsidies for a while, but in the long run industrial agriculture systems must fail, Monsanto's claims to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Since, on the Earth, almost no biomass is left unspoken for at the end of each year, and agriculture is a primitive caricature of natural ecosystems, the more agriculture there is on the Earth, the less biomass she produces. In addition, industrial agriculture swamps the surrounding natural ecosystems with a widespread chemical pollution that wounds or kills these natural ecosystems. By area and environmental impacts, agriculture is the largest human endeavor. Therefore, agricultural pollution and emissions are truly global in scale.
The enormity of the biofuel lie is such that I constantly rub my eyes and pinch myself to check if this is merely a bad dream or modern fascism has arrived. Fascism, of course, is a seamless bundle (from the Latin term fascio) of corporations and state that work together to manipulate and control population. This concept was formulated by Il Duce some 80 years ago. The modern "democracies," using modern technology and slick propaganda have vastly improved on that rather primitive concept.