Spiritual Revoluntion in Insect Control: Toxins Rejected; Planet Earth Survives
One morning last September I awoke to the sight of a huge tent over my neighbor’s house. The interior of the tent was being filled with an odorless toxic nerve poison, sulfuryl fluoride, and tear gas as a warning odor. The gases inside the tent were rapidly killing whatever they contacted and slowly leaking into the air my family and neighbors were breathing. How could this toxic battle be waged within 20 feet of our front door? Shouldn’t there at least be ordinances in place which require that neighbors within one-half mile on all sides be notified when such a toxic approach as this one is used?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts laboratory tests of short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) effects before a pesticide can be registered and available to market. The EPA tests laboratory animals and computes acute toxicity levels as the lethal dose or the concentration which causes death in a single or limited dosage in 50% of the cases. Long term effects, i.e., cancer, birth defects, or reproductive toxicity, may be significant from much less exposure. Some fumigants require notice to those nearby and some others, like sulfuryl fluoride, do not.
Vikane, a brand name for sulfuryl fluoride, is a common termite fumigant toxic to humans and most living creatures. It is a Category I nerve poison, the highest rating of toxicity. In 1995, 1,746,320 pounds of Vikane was used in 349,264 homes for termite eradication in California alone. Sulfuryl fluoride is often chosen over other methods of treatment solely because many "pest" control companies use it and claim a 100% kill rate for termites. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act expressly prohibits false or misleading information on pesticide labels. U.S. EPA policy is that "any claim that is unacceptable for a pesticide label is also unacceptable in advertising." All claims of safety are federally prohibited as are environmental claims. Nevertheless, the public is continually misled by deceptive advertising since enforcement is limited. Many people do not stop to think about the long-term cumulative effects of toxic chemicals in our environment.
However, pressure from environmentalists and advocates against pesticides has begun to impact the $1.5 billion annual termite treatment revenue. Parents through community and children’s advocacy groups are stopping Vikane fumigation and other pesticide use in many school districts across the U.S. Studies have indicated that children are much more affected by pesticides than adults. In 2000 the first EPA registered, reduced-risk pesticide for termites, Hexaflumuron, received the Green Chemistry Award because of its very low toxicity to humans, animals, and birds, its low mobility in the soil, and its ability to degrade by 50% in 40 to 65 days depending on its concentration. Hexaflumuron is highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates and no information is available on how humans metabolize or excrete it.
Nature-friendly termite treatments are available, for example: by injecting beneficial nematodes into the ground, encouraging ants to dwell nearby as a natural predator, applying soapy water directly to the nest, removing mud tunnels from the wood to the ground to stop termite travel, injecting liquid nitrogen into the wood, using hot air treatment for the entire house, using an electric gun to treat the wood, removing or repairing the infested wood, applying limonene oil from orange peels to the infested site, or spraying fungal pathogens onto the infested wood.
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published more than 40 years ago, warned about an ecological crisis situation–one we, as a nation of consumers, were ignoring. Only fifteen years after the Second World War, Carson reported the effects of heavy reliance on over 200 synthetic chemicals to eradicate what we consider "pests." Between 15 and 30 million species of insects date back more than 300 million years. Plants flower, vegetation decays, and animal waste is recycled, thanks to our insect friends. Broadcasting chemicals and their residues critically interferes with predatory insects like the praying mantis, wasp, and ladybug, our allies to balance the insect population.
U.S. agriculture uses nearly 1 billion pounds of pesticides annually. Many of these chemical nerve toxins were developed from weapons research using insects for biological testing. The residues permeate our homes, run into our streams, filter into our ground water, and kill birds, fish and animal life. Traces in varying amounts are being found in each one of us. The toxins are doing what we have designed them to do—kill and sicken everything they contact. DDT, a banned pesticide in the U.S., is still produced by U.S. companies and is shipped to countries around the world. Our industries still rationalize their production on the marketplace, i.e., if a market exists, it is OK to sell and ignore the global impact.
Currently the harshest example of failing to account for our ecosystem, our global interdependence, and its peoples is our government’s irresponsible decision to start a war and then to use chemical toxins and weaponry with long-term radiation effects—weaponry containing material first used by the U.S. against the Japanese people more than fifty-five years ago.
Pesticide and toxic chemical usage is motivated by our individual and collective determination to control everything in our environment. As a society we have believed we have the right to take the life of any living thing (be it human, animal, or plant life) which stands in the way of our capitalistic goals. Decisions we make, relying only on self-interests or immediate self-gratification, have blinded us to the effects of our consumer choices, to the world-wide effects of our materialism. In less than 100 years these choices have brought a reign of chaos and disharmony on our once beautiful world.
Over this past century, however, inspired spiritual thinking, unorthodoxed research, and committed action has addressed the solution to our "conflicts" with nature in a divinely compatible way. The lives of many have contributed to our deeper look at the unseen forces which create the harmony around us.
Years ago the story of a woman who confronted a sizable ant invasion intrigued me. The mother scolded and implored the ants to stop scaring her daughter asking them to leave her kitchen sink and not come back. Indeed, that is just what happened. With such a success, one is left to contemplate how the ants understood her communication. Philip A. Callahan has begun to uncover this mystery. This author and student of agricultural energetics has spent more than 40 years delving into God’s wondrous plan in his attempt to understand insect communication. In 1975 his ideas on form and frequency were published in Tuning in to Nature. He had uncovered the complex infared communication system of insects. His study, among other things, opened the door to working compatibly with our insect friends and made possible the production of miniature, battery-operated frequency systems to replace the use of insecticides. For nearly 30 years the technology to replace most, if not all, pesticides has been available.
Radionics as defined by The Oxford Dictionary is "the study and interpretation of radiation believed to be emitted from substances." Initially it was developed by Dr. Albert Abrams at the turn of the twentieth century and later in England by George and Marjorie De La Warr. Since then much research has been conducted into the working of these "unexplained" infinitesimal moving particles of radiation emanating from all things. Radionic treatments were tested in several cornfields in the U.S. in 1952 and produced a 92% success rate in controlling the Japanese beetle and 58% success with cornborers. So much attention was drawn to these results that insecticide representatives along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture discredited this early research as fraudulent. Nevertheless, T. Galen Hieronymus, Dr. Ruth Drown, Frances Farrelly, William Tiller, and many others have continued to work with energy patterns which produce consistently successful results only with an essential added human element—thoughtful love. While much is left to explain working with energy radiations, the answers most assuredly lie within the realm of the Divine Mind.
The most significant God-directed body of research, The Cosmic Family volumes, brings us Ascension Science as the fusion of science and spirituality. These volumes are brought through Gabriel of Urantia. Throughout these volumes (not all of which are published for the general public yet), concepts are presented to demonstrate again and again that science, philosophy, and spirituality are one energy flow. A self-directed mind-set, it is explained, will separate those energy flows and segment our thinking preventing a fusion of life’s process. We can lose the ability to observe and participate in the reality of what is before us and miss the significance of the energy passing between us and our unseen environment. Because our thoughts create reality we can commune with our natural environment and use God’s law to find the answers to our most difficult questions including how to communicate with other living things.
We can be at peace with insects and the natural world around us. It requires us to be more interdependent, to build loving relationships far and wide, and to be in partnership with God as the supreme creator of our world. Spiritualution is the Solution™—the unfolding revolution for our planet’s survival.
"These sprays, dusts, and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests, and homes—nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the 'good' and the 'bad,' to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams, to coat the leaves with a deadly film, and to linger on in soil—all this though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects. Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called 'insecticides,' but 'biocides'."
~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Editor's Note: Celinas Ruth is an attorney and an elder of Global Community Communications Alliance.