For millions of years the Earth has been populated with an enormous variety of living species. For millions of years some breeds have appeared and some others have disappeared.
Plant and animal breeds adorn the Earth with a thousand colors, a thousand flavours, a thousand sounds, a thousand sights, a thousand smells, a thousand skins, coats, feathers and scales. Legs, petals, wings, corolla, beak, stems, claws, thorns, pointed or harsh cry, leaves rustling in the wind, tangled roots, swift flights of birds, rough-textured tree trunks, sweet purring, calyx full of nectar, beesladen with pollen, and finally the human being, in the middle of this fantastic bio-diversity.
The Earth is good mother, who nourishes us on her ground or in her waters. She gives to each of its residents conditions in which to live and thrive: climate, food, light. Each creature finds what it needs to survive.
Plants and animals develop competition, exploitation or cooperation in their relationships between themselves, and can live a solitary life or live in groups.
In the best of all worlds, everything would be relatively harmonious. There would always be a plant which takes more space than another, an animal eaten by its predator, a tree sucked by a parasite plant, a little bird on the broad back of a rhinoceros, each one giving benefit to the other. And as far as it’s possible to see: flower, fruit, tree… all different, all complementary.
This paradisiac balance has a name: bio-diversity.
If one actor in this theater of life doesn’t play his role then all the living world feels an imbalance. Less forest: less home for koala; intensive use of chemicals: insects, small rodents and their predators are poisoned; over fishing: fish disappearing. Pollution, disappearing, pollution, disappearing, the deadly refrain repeats.
Bio-diversity doesn’t concern only animals. Plant bio-diversity is important too. Some standardized apples, all the same, become fruit without any flavour; there are bland vegetables devoid of any taste to enjoy and this only shows a general impoverishment in our nutrition.
Each region provides its own varieties, complimentary to each other and adpated to their climate, their soil, their temperatures, their sun and their rainfall. To plant the same seeds everywhere makes no sense unless one is a seller of nothing, whose only aim is to fill one’s pockets.
To endure, bio-diversity doesn’t need a seed-growers lobby, nor GMO, nor catalogue, nor paying authorization. Bio-diversity needs liberty, free shared seeds which germinate, grow and bear fruit. The human has his place in this bio-diversity, if he knows how to take his place and respect his environment at the same time.