Tuesday, March 06, 2018 by Martin Mavis
The Health Ranger explains the science of “chemical violence” via pesticides.
Podcast Transcript: “In this podcast, I’m explaining the term ‘chemical violence’ and why you need to know what this is, and how it applies to you. To do that though, let’s back up and just define ‘violence.’ There are many different forms of violence, physical violence, hand to hand violence I suppose, but without looking at a dictionary or anything I’m just going to say violence – in a general definition – means ‘the disruption or destruction of a living organism.’ So, violence is something that could harm your tissues let’s say or could harm your metabolism. Someone could commit violence against an animal or a tree even, or a human being, but I don’t think you could commit violence against a rock – so to speak – an inanimate object. If you’re hitting a rock with a hammer I wouldn’t really call that violence. So, at least in my view here, violence is something that is committed against a living being. Now, you might ask or you might wonder, ‘can chemicals commit violence?’ In fact, the answer is that the chemicals themselves aren’t committing the violence, because the chemicals cannot have intention. Chemicals themselves are also inanimate objects, but the people deploying the chemicals have the intent to kill, destroy or disrupt living systems. This is why pesticides for example are called pesticides. Pesticide means to kill pests. That’s what it means. In fact, if it did not kill living systems then the pesticide would not be effective as a pesticide. So, a pesticide is deployed with the intent to commit violence against pests…” Listen to the full podcast below: