Bare Bones Biology 226 – Garden Recycled

“Because if I know how it works, I don’t need to be someone else’s victim. I can take care of myself.”   That’s what I said in (Bare Bones Biology 224 and here is your example.

140930-canyon-asc_2120RLSs copy 2The most important things we need to know about how the Biosystem works are described in Bare Bones Biology 225 (, that summarizes the three rules of how life stays alive. Rule number one describes very briefly that the Biosystem recycles all the materials of life, everything except energy, and especially organic macromolecules, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and related compounds that make up most of our bodies after water. Organic macromolecules are made by living organisms. That’s why they are called organic. They are recycled as food throughout the Biosystem.

Even more important, we need to understand that the Biosystem is not separate from us and we are not separate from it. In fact, we are a part of the Biosystem, and so are our gardens and other sorts of agriculture. All of our food, water, air and energy comes from the Biosystem. Healthy food comes from healthy gardens that are created using healthy organic materials, healthy water, and healthy air. And of course healthy seeds.

“So what;” you may say. “I just want healthy food, I don’t want to learn chemistry.” This is fine. I don’t blame you. I had to take the course three times before I figured out what they were talking about. But the bottom line is that most of our body (in addition to water) is made of organic macromolecules. Organic macromolecules are put together in cells of organisms using materials recycled from their food. Or they were, until humans learned how to make them.

140924-squash-ASC_1997RLSs copy 2Now humans can “make to order” organic molecules to do various functions outside the human body, and frankly, as a scientist, I doubt very much if most of these compounds are adequately tested to determine what harm they may do inside our bodies. If you don’t want to learn chemistry — then the next best way to protect yourself from unnatural molecules of any kind, is not to eat them. Or drink them. Or breath them. Or touch them.

We do know that most of our foods are treated with pesticides and fungicides and other chemical molecules. The suffix –cide means that it kills – pests, fungi, insects. If the pesticide molecule, or a fungicide, or an insecticide gets into the cells of a peach and you eat the peach, what happens to the molecule? How does the killing agent kill? Does it break down in your body? If the manufacturer of the pesticide tells you it is safe, why do you believe him? Why does it break down? How does it break down? What are the side effects and the waste products? What ends up inside the peach cells that you eat?

What about hormones? For example, the hormones and pesticides you put on your dog’s shoulders or feed to your dog every month. These hormones and poisons can enter into the cells and tissues of the dog. That’s why you put them there. Do you want them in your cells? Your child’s?   Who says they are safe? How do they know? What tests have been run? Are the tests valid?

As individuals, we don’t have any good way to find out the answers to most of these questions, but one thing we know for sure. These compounds are now released into the biosystem and they will continue to circulate in all parts of the Biosystem long into the future. They will eventually be broken down into their components, but it’s Rule Number One of Biosystem function: they will not go away.

The most straightforward way to make sure you have healthy plants to eat is to grow your own plants in healthy soil using healthy water and healthy air.

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