Sunday, September 25, 2005

Nature's silver linings

Nature has a wonderful way of replenishing itself and maintaining balances. Man can wreak havoc on it, but we have to work very hard to do so. And sometimes natural catastrophes are catastrophic to humans, but beneficial for nature. Take last December's tsunami:
From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp.

Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop — despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land.

"The sea water turned out to be a great fertilizer," said Yacob, 66, during a break from scything the green shoots and laying them in bunches on the stubble. "We are looking at yields twice as high as last year."
Farmers say vegetables, peanuts and fruit are also growing well, spurring hopes that agriculture in the still devastated region will recover faster than expected.

One of the biggest fallacies the environmental movement has ever pushed on the public is that the environmental is "fragile." The environment of this planet is a lot more durable and vibrant than they publicly give it credit for. Human life is much more fragile than our environment.

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