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The strange things that we do. Can we do it differently?

The world of humans: busy, chaotic, dynamic and strange. Somewhere, long time ago, we lost track regarding many things. We don’t remember how it should be. Every problem solved by us is followed up by a new one. There is no end to it.

How come? Because we aren’t living by Natures laws anymore. Nature is a stranger to us. Many people are caught in nowadays system, maybe even all of us.. A point of no return.

Some places on this planet however still have people who’ve not yet arrived at the point of no return. They still fairly live by Natures laws and appreciate the value of common things. Money isn’t dominant, yet.

We, the people of ‘civilization’, think that those cultures are behind and need to be civilized. They should stop living their own life and adapt to the majority. On top of that we rob them of their natural resources on large scale. The people that undergo a transfer to ‘our civilization’ don’t know what hit them. Many of them adapt, they are humans after all. Part of them however ends up miserable and gaze at us, not understanding our behavior. A few examples.

Milk, the drink that is consumed on a large scale, mostly milk from cows. Of course the milk coming from a cow is meant for her calf or calves, but not in ‘our civilization’. The calf gets the first milk, named colostrum, which contains antibodies from its mother. This milk is extracted from the cow by the farmer and put in a bucket with an artificial nipple. The calf cannot drink directly from its mothers precious udders. The calf will get artificial milk for the remaining nursing period, because all of the real milk is for us so that we can produce butter, cheese, yoghurt and many other products from it. We produce so much of it that one third is disposed after it's rotten. There is enough milk for calf and man, more than enough even. But due to the thirst for profits and mass production we ignore that fact.

Our children grow up with this and find it normal, but it’s not.

Bees are used by us; they pollinate ‘our’ flowers and crops and produce honey. The crops we cultivate are sprayed or impregnated with pesticides against damage caused by insects. Bees, also insects, suffer mass mortality due to the pesticides and the pesticide remains enter our bodies after consuming it, damaging our health. Bees aid us already by pollinating our crops, but apart from the poison we confront them with, we also take all of their winter food supplies: honey. In exchange for that wonderful honey we give them sugar water on which they can barely survive the winter. It’s like the bees aren’t already doing enough for us. If we still want to obtain that natural gold we could share fair by letting the bees have a sufficient winter supply and just a responsible part for us. There is enough to share together with the bees. Also lots of honey is disposed after some time.

In the chicken industry a certain mortality percentage is accepted, but when a fox kills a chicken it has to be shot.

Also in goat and sheep farming a certain mortality percentage is accepted, but when a wolf kills a sheep it has to be shot.

Are we even able to see things in perspective? Can we return to the point where it all went wrong? The answer to that almost certainly is no.

Farmers have to mass produce, because they receive low prices for their products while having high expenses. Distributors and shops increase the prices, resulting in consumers paying high prices for products that were purchased for low prices. There might be a will to do things otherwise, but the system doesn’t allow it.

None the less there are ways to do things better. Supporting, buying from or self-producing sustainable products and initiatives. Don’t take more than you need and do some research on what you buy. Study nature (the core) and be aware how important it is for us and all other life on earth.

I witness, on regular bases, how it can be done differently, among traditional (transhumant) people, while working in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. However the pressure of ‘civilization’ and economics is increasing for these people. At the moment nature supplies in their needs, but that will end sooner or later when the economic system arrives.

I will continue to help these people and nature, together with fellow enthusiasts, to keep up their way of life as long as possible.

My (Canine Efficiency’s) prime activity is conflict prevention between shepherds and predators in the Romanian Carpathians by implementing good livestock guardian dogs (LGDs).