Invasion Biology — an ideology infecting modern, science-minded humans like a cancer.
It’s an ideology far more destructive of Earth’s precious animals, plant life, and ecosystems than the so-called ‘invasive species’ it targets, because it’s directly responsible for killing literally millions of plants and animals — as well as poisoning ecosystems. Compliments of us apex predators, Homo sapiens.
As a ‘farmed’ animal rights activist recently underscored for me in a remarkable video I’ll share another time, if all the world’s humans were to die off tomorrow, the vast majority of other life forms on the planet would flourish as a result of our absence.
Fueling our killing campaigns is an ideology with its own pseudo-scientific terminology that is drawn from another ideology: warfare. Its terms are used by a new generation of scientists, researchers, conservation biologists, ecologists and critical thinkers to describe the large biological and ecological fields of studies of animal and plant species migrations and interactions — which are interpenetrating and, more to the poisonous point, so obviously complex beyond our understanding, But that doesn’t stop us from waging planetary war anyway!
A tangle of disturbingly vague, unsubstantiated, scientific-sounding-yet-not-suported-by-science, and even entirely non-scientific words are used to describe plant and animal species — and their ‘natural’ and ‘native’ habitats. These include, ‘alien,’ ‘native,’ ‘non-native,’ ‘noxious,’ ‘weeds’ and ‘invasive.’
For those who ascribe to its deadly beliefs, Invasion Biology maintains that we humans know better than Mother Nature does what species of wild animals and plants should be living or growing or thriving. And far worse, we also purport to know, without a doubt, where species should be allowed by us all-powerful, apex predator Homo sapiens to live — and conversely, which plants and animals should die at our hands, armed with our industrial arsenal.
Nowadays we humans all too quickly, and with increasing frequency, are determining that an entire population of animals, like the mule deer of Catalina Island, CA, or the entire house mouse population living on the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco — which is in a protected National Marine Sanctuary no less — and for at least 150 years, must all die, die, die. To, in effect, protect Nature from herself, Or from us. Or some odd combination of both. Even as the remedy is yet another assault. In the case of the Farallon Islands extermination program, literally thousands of pounds of highly toxic rat poison-laced cereal bait pellets will be released from the air… by helicopters. I KID YOU NOT, READ MORE HERE.
All of this ignores the reality that plant and mammalian and avian communities are constantly on the move, changing and adapting. Instead, we increasingly talk of ‘restoring’ balance by killing thousands or millions of whatever living being we say ‘shouldn’t be there.’ Usually because it wasn’t there at some time in the past, often in the distant past, over a century ago. As if all ecosystems are closed and static and shouldn’t ever change.
This includes literally millions of precious trees; that large, familiar woody plant you’d think most people would know are more precious and needed today than ever, regardless of their place of origin.
Eucalyptus trees of various species are spread across the entire state of California. Eucalyptus have been effectively — but falsely — demonized as being such significant fire hazards that we should cut them all down. Though oddly — and revealing of how illogically and unevenly applied is the label ‘invasive’ — this is said of Northern California eucalypts much more often than those in Souther California. But for no apparent reason. Other than ‘native’ plants advocates have been particularly effective in their tree-demonizing around the San Francisco Bay Area. READ MORE.
Another example of targeting entire species of plants for exterminations, plants that are thriving and contributing to biomes over tens of thousands of acres are the inexplicably reviled French and Spanish and Scotch broom plants succeeding across the West. But rather than celebrating their success in the production of oxygen and sequestration of carbon (and also their beauty, for what little that’s worth to modern man-unkind), their success is instead viewed as evidence of their tenacious invasiveness.
Simply doing all the good that all plants do — including stabilizing soil, providing animal habitat, and cooling the planet in our human-caused climate crisis — all this prodigious ecological service is simply discounted, ignored. Let the mass killing commence! Come on down and spray away, Dow Chemical and Bayer-Monsanto with your toxic plant-desiccating, groundwater-contaminating poisons, boys!)
And usually, because there is more profit in more chemical eradications, or ongoing ‘maintenance’, all of the particular species, everywhere, must die. It’s as if there was an industry profiting immensely from convincing the public it’s okay to continually, regularly spray plant-killing chemicals in parks, along roadways, even in wild forests. Because there is. READ MORE about Dow Chemical, Bayer-Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and more.
Nature’s wisdom about what plants should grow where be damned. In far too many cases, we set about exterminating millions of plants, year after year. And course, almost always, for profit.
Tragically, even lone nature-lovers now set off on killing sprees on their weekends outdoors in the wild, pulling out plants by hand in order to ‘help,’ ‘save,’ or ‘restore’ nature. They mean well, but don’t realize this way of thinking, the entire enterprise, is driven by the warfare mentality of the chemical industry. Don’t believe me? Good! Then please read just the first 30 pages of “Beyond the War on Invasive Species” by a permaculturist who used to partake in the killing herself. Until, that is, she did some chilling research about the monetary and political influence of large chemical companies, turning the conservation and restoration movement into a literal killer. ($15 or less, in paperback, here, on AbeBooks.com.)
Our anthropocentric geograpy-based biases are lethally enforced with the tools of this deadly ideology and trade: high-powered rifles and helicopter gunships set out to kill entire populations of mule deer on Catalina Island, CA, or the fallow deer population of Sydney Island, B.C. Or with bulldozers, masticating machines and millions of gallons of toxic chemical poisons to assault any of scores of plants for “removal” — the euphemism Invasion Biology proponents use to sell to the public the destruction of so much life.
Even entire forests will be assaulted with chainsaws and chippers in order to make them — get this — healthier. As in the healthy, now-targeted, soon-to-be-assualted Tomales Bay State Park forest near Point Reyes Seashore National Park.
Driving so much of this ecocide is, of course, private industry which is making literally billions of dollars selling its chemical products worldwide, tools of its lethal life-killing, planet-poisoning trade.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE TO READ, WATCH MY INTRODUCTORY Invasion Biology PRESENTATION, BELOW, which I gave recently via Zoom, about this monstrously deadly ideology and resulting nature-killing practices. I hope at the very least you will think twice when you hear in tomorrow’s newspaper or town hall meeting that yet one more ‘invasive’ deer or mouse or rat or tree or forest — or owl for heaven’s sake! They’ve begun targeting Barred Owls for “invading” the habitat of Spotted Owls! — which needs to be killed – – I mean, ‘treated’ or ‘removed.’ Euphemisms abound in the service of assaulting wild plants and animals. I hope you, and millions more people, see the bigger picture it in a new light.
For the sake of your Mother, Earth, I hope you and millions more misled people know to at least question our rampage of mechanical and chemical killing…
This is the methodical, institutionalized, and industrialized poisoning and extermination of too many of Earth’s already stressed, wondrous, vulnerable and irreplaceable living creatures, multiple species at a time.
Mankind has become Death, the destroyer of Life. Will you speak up with those around you to challenge this deadly Invasion Biology dogma in order to stop the killing and save ourselves too?