CHEMISTRY is a science which is largely,, if not principally, occupied in producing substitutes for natural products. The chemist provides us with synthetical flavourings made of poisonous coal tar, of similar unsavoury substance which replace the old and wholesome vegetable dyes, etc. In eating our cakes and pastries we eat coal tar in the form of various flavourings, in the form of attractive colouring matter, etc.
The chemist is largely responsible for the criminal adulteration of our bread. It is no longer the staff of life but a source of disease. The chemical purification of our foodstuffs has led to this that we no longer eat foods but chemicals. The public is foolish enough to buy white sugar because of its chemical purity, refined salt because of its chemical purity, etc.
Our foods are no longer foods. Not satisfied with faking the foods of man, chemists have begun to take, and thereby deteriorate, the food of animals and the food of plants.
Farmers are persuaded that they can produce better and cheaper meat, eggs, chickens, by giving them chemical food artificialities, by giving them chemical dopes and drugs and by treating them with vaccines. There are poultry farmers who treat every fowl with serums, probably poisoning gradually the breed, and the human beings who eat the eggs produced by them.
In their insane conceit, chemists have proclaimed that the day would come when they could feed human beings on a few tabloids and cooking would be no longer necessary.
The chemists have undoubtedly killed millions of people by deteriorating the nutrition of the nations throughout the world. Having largely ruined the physique of men and animals, they have taken to poisoning the soil. They have produced substitutes for the natural fertilizers and they are making war on insects by spraying the food of man with the most virulent poisons. Sir Robert McCarrison has clearly shown that the best chemical manures are very inferior to ordinary cattle manure.
The only advantage of the chemical fertilizers consists in this, that they produce large crops impressive to the eye. The nutritional value of the foods artificially produced is very low indeed. Even chemists themselves are becoming alarmed at the iniquitous ways in which the food of men, animals and plants is being ruined by the chemists. Mr. Henry E. Armstrong, the eminent professor of chemistry, wrote a letter which was published in The Times of August 10th, 1936. We read under the headings “Insect Pests Dangers of Artificial Farming:.
“To the Editor of The Times.
“SIR, The prominence given to insect pests on the agricultural page in your issue of Monday, July 27, is remarkable; the cry that you voice for insecticides is nothing short of alarming. The entomologist no longer goes abroad with his net; instead he wields a soil-sifting machine, which he uses for counting wire worms. The place of the cyanide bottle is taken by a large-scale poison spraying machine.
The soil laughs at such sport; declining to have its fair face spoilt by such additions, it calmly ensures their destruction. The poor entomologist is reduced to waiting on some act of providence to provide a real poison for the bugs, which will persist. What the effect upon plant growth in general may be he does not consider.
Everything in farming is becoming artificial. Cultivation is mechanized and made soulless: the loving art and care of the skilled ploughman is being lost to the land. The fear of the gyro-tiller is now coming upon us. We have suffered an incalculable loss of farming ability in putting our country under grass.
As fertilizer we mostly use chemicals straight from the factory: the intensity of the harm these are doing to our soils is little considered. Not America alone has indulged in a rakes progress in agriculture your leading article of July 31 and the heart-rending pictures you publish of the effect of dust storms in the Middle West should lead us to consider our own lack of caution.
Research is on wrong lines. In farming, as in medicine, we need to develop methods for securing healthy, resistant growth rather than of curing disease. These insect attacks are probably, in no slight measure, due to faults in cultivation.
When the gardeners in Eden delved they worked with air and water alone, but proper use of these is more and more going out in present methods of cultivation,Back to the land, cultivate our gardens with greater use of eyes and reasoning power, we must if we are to be delivered from pests in general. One of the worst perhaps is the specialist research worker, with trained, myopic vision and no real love for the plant.
I am sure that Mr. Herbert will agree that not only must no avenue be left unexplored, but especially no stone left unturned to discover and develop effective, natural methods of cultivation, such as served the world before modern science came to afflict us”.
The chemist, having undermined the health of the race and having produced numerous diseases of mal-nutrition, is now producing the remedies for the diseases he has created in the form of artificialities which are recommended to us as more scientific than the natural foods of which we have been deprived. We can buy vitamins in tabloid form, enzymes in tabloid form, hormones in pills, and so forth and so on. The chemists are engaged in criminal conspiracy against the health of the race.