Some of you may remember my blog posts about Humanure and the dangers of applying this toxic sludge full of everything from pharmaceuticals to antibiotic resistant bacteria on our farm and ranch land, over a major drinking water aquifer.
The first was written in March of 2019.
Hours of research, meetings, emails, more emails, more research, more documentation, more town hall meetings, more frustration, more heated conversations with my poor husband who is on my side but bares the brunt of my frustrated venting...because, what are the chances that we could actually win this? Me and a few others, fighting a giant multi-million (billion?) dollar industry with lobbyists and politicians behind it? Shouldn't we leave this fight to the big guys and just mind our own business, milk donkeys, and make soap?
One year later, March of 2020, the city of Luther voted to ban the spread of Humanure within city limits.
The Luther Register News was there to cover the story: "Town of Luther bans Human Sewage Sludge on Fields."
Then Fox 25 picked up the story and interviewed the town Mayor, and (gulp) me
The win was bittersweet...because although it protects the people in town limits...it doesn't protect my farm or the aquifer that the people of Luther depend on or the air that we breath and that carries on the Oklahoma wind for miles.
Because, the majority of the farmers being convinced to take this free "fertilizer" (toxic sewage sludge) are outside of city limits.
We share the aquifer. It's always moving. There isn't a limit to our ground water contamination.
We share the air. It's always moving. There isn't a limit to airborne contamination.
We share our food. The beef grown on Oklahoma ranch land is sold, some as "grass fed", with grass fertilized with human waste and everything flushed down the drain from manufacturers to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. (Think. About. That.)
So, while I'm choosing to celebrate this win as a huge victory, and one that sets a precedent for other towns and politicians to follow, I'm overwhelmed at the battle ahead.
The worst part is...when we win, (and we WILL win, because this is RIGHT) when we either get this banned in Eastern Oklahoma County, OR (even better) when all the farmers out here are made aware of the true dangers of humanure and tell the sludge company to take their sewage and...properly dispose of it.
Even then, the big cities and the sludge companies will just peddle their Humanare-wares to the next unsuspecting farmers, in the next county over. Or, like New York, put it on train cars and ship it to the south.
And someone will take it. Because it's free.
So while I celebrate this win, and it is a BIG win, and one that makes me proud to be an American again...where the process can work, and right can win, and we can do it peacefully, without fear of retribution or retaliation (because our donkey dairy depends on it.)
There is a part of me that is overwhelmed by the battle ahead. A battle that doesn't pay, and makes more enemies than allies.
So forgive me when your order is a few days late. Or when I don't reply to your messages, or forget about that text.
Even if our circle is just a blog and a little town in Oklahoma.
I'm not an activist. I am not a millionaire. I am not a house wife without anything better to do.
I am a MOM.
I am a MOM who saw her child's health disappear overnight and fought and prayed and cried and fought some more and saw God give health through one of his gifts (donkey milk.)
I am a MOM who sees more and more children disappearing to chronic illness and debilitating diseases. Illnesses that were unheard of 20 years ago and are now common place.
I am a MOM who doesn't have the time, or the money, or a lawyer for this, but I believe that when you know something, you are responsible for that knowledge, to act on it and do whatever is in your power to protect others in harm's way.
- Our children.
- Our elderly.
- Our unborn.
- Our land.
- Our water.
- Our air.
Each of these is a gift from God. It's our job to protect them and take care of them.
"...God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:-25-31
Let's do our best to keep it that way.