Did you know that 80% of all Antibiotics are derived from nature?

April 13, 2010

There is not an animal (that lives) on the earthnor a being that flies on its wingsbut(forms part of) communities like you

Throughout history we are reminded of our duty to uphold our responsibility to the earth and ourselves.

In our fast-paced, modern life-style it is hard to see just how connected things are especially when we are so far removed from our “natural” source.  That would be why we now have a term called Nature Deficit Disorder…

Ecosystems provide the life support systems for all life, including human life, on Earth. Not only do they give us food and fuel, but ecosystems, among other things, purify air and fresh water, bind and detoxify poisonous substances, break down wastes and recycle nutrients on land and in the oceans, pollinate crops and natural vegetation, make soils fertile, and store carbon, mitigating human-caused climate change.

No matter what conventional wisdom says we can’t deny the fact that our human body is an organic, self-constituted, sovereign whole, and is subject to the same natural forces to which animals and plants are subject.

The loss of species deprives us of invaluable tools for biomedical research that provide insights into how human cells and organ systems function in health and illness, and precludes our developing important new medicines for currently untreatable human diseases.

We tend to take these services for granted and generally do not recognize that we cannot live without them. Nor do we understand many ecosystem services well enough to recreate them, not knowing what species are necessary for the services to work and in what proportions, or whether for some services there are essential or “keystone” species without which ecosystems would cease to function.

We live from and within the world of diversity and we are a part of that totality; and it’s that magnificent variety of life on Earth that has astonished members of our own species ever since we arrived on the scene.

We must do better at taking care of the rest of life and ourselves.

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One Response to “Did you know that 80% of all Antibiotics are derived from nature?”

  1. Antonia said

    Well said. I love the picture too. Greetings from Finland 🙂

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