Environment, Social Policies, Economics

Some sunshine for gloomy days

Plants the Bees knees that can bring the chemists to theirs


From the very start of life loving nature, in all its aspects has enthralled the author. Only later in life did human nature came to appal, yet both fascinate. The belief: hypothesis (call it what you will) is that should we humans put the environment first, social policy and economics can happily follow on behind and live in harmony.

This is a twist on how universities teach sustainable development where to date the economics, then social policy and finally the environment, are taught. At this precise moment or months not only in Great Britain, but the world. Covid19, and the economics of countries throughout the world are, saying "Sod the cost" we will spend money to fight nature, something that we do not understand.

As a home cook using herbs in a recipe, makes me wonder about alternatives, making tisanes; Sage for sore throats, Rosemary for hair dye. How many things do we use Mint and Peppermint in. This is not the place to venture into the complexities of Herbalism, Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies the books, the websites are out there.

Over the years dabbling safely with herb teas etc. Getting engrossed in reading the beliefs handed down by forefathers and parents are stories told or shown, called “old wives’ tales”. There will be those that will always “phew, phew” such things; that their prerogative, should we lose freedom of mind, we would most certainly lose freedom of speech.

Being put before you are the name Aspirin? The contentions between the medical professionals, those seeking other answers and the pharmaceutical companies goes back to when modern medicine (always evolving) occurred and continues on to this day. Again this is not an appropriate time to go into the History of Medicine other than the Hypocritic Oath which Doctors take, stems from Hippocrates being considered the “Father of Medicine” born in 460BC and it took until 18th Century and the industrial revolution to see the embryo of medicine as we know it today.

If just for this short passage, view us as a modern population as one could at times question the word civilzation. The authors time on this beautiful planet, in her own beautiful country, view as the indigenous people, therefore between the 1950’s to date.

Where did we get our knowledge from? to know that the bark of a willow tree relieved pain? Yes, now that has been refined understood, whished around in a glass jar by a scientist and produced a safe and effect pill, now also known to assist in thinning the blood for those with some heart conditions. Just one product from nature to human nature and to assist us.

We are not looking after the environment: and throughout this world of ours, indigenous peoples that live on the land, in the forests, still have a knowledge and understanding being so close to nature of what assists them in ill health. That is my contention, that pharmaceutical giants’ replicate natural medicines turn them into a pill. Time and time again, yet we as human beings are still not waking up to the fact as we destroy the natural world around, we are also destroying, the knowledge we have yet to learn.

Obviously, it is not possible to generate the millions of Aspirin pills we need in the world, by extraction from Willow bark, it is made synthetically as are so many, of our medicines, the naturally occurring product, refined and tested for safety.

Now if the above is not enough proof of how nature assists these massive corporates with massive financial clout i.e. back to the hypothesis environment first, then social policy and finally the economics. Then: Honey cannot be synthesised, the closest you could get to it is slapping golden syrup, on your face, in your hair (messy) and all the other products beauty or otherwise, that in a world where we want product from natural resources, now, you may have it but not for long. Or in economic terms the price will become exorbitant, under the rules of supply and demand. When any item becomes scarce the price increases, we know it, we just choose to ignore it.

Honey is inert once produced and extracted in a centrifuge it does not go off. Which then makes it affective in healing wounds. Not being a scientist, this is for the reader to find the way, as a researcher none of my writing is fake news. Environment First, social policy or in this case improving the health of humans and then the economics.

Question? With all the warnings associated with the decreasing numbers of honeybees, who and where? will the chemists and the scientists working for the pharmaceuticals go for employment, if the bee population collapses? The devasting fact of the matter is that Covid 19 is yet another natural disaster or an accident sadly waiting to happen, it has happened.

Forget the cost of plummeting crude oil, few planes are flying, cars moving boost the natural world, the bees the polinators, ditch insecticides and pestercides, not completely, we cannot do that, but we can learn for the better, in these testing times.

What is wrong, within this picture? from a sustainable perspective?