@therealbanksy just tweeted this:
Global food poisoning? Yes, We’re maxing out. Forget Peak Oil. We’re maxing-out on Peak Food. Billions go hungry. We’re poisoning our future, That’s why Cargill, America’s largest private food company, is warning us: about water, seeds, fertilizers, diseases, pesticides, droughts. You name it. Everything impacts the food supply. Wake up America, it’s worse than you think.
We’re slowly poisoning America’s food supply, poisoning the whole world’s food supply. Fortunately Cargill’s thinking ahead. But politicians are dragging their feet. They’re trapped in denial, protecting Big Oil donors, afraid of losing their job security; their inaction is killing, starving, poisoning people, while hiding behind junk-science. – MarketWatch
He says that over the next 50 years, if nothing is done, crop yields in many states will most likely fall, the costs of cooling chicken farms will rise and floods will more frequently swamp the railroads that transport food in the United States. He wants American agribusiness to be ready. – New York Times
Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change. Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe. In our defense strategy, we refer to climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts. – Pentagon
If it wasn’t already our reality…
Requirements are such a pain, aren’t they?
I mean, why was it necessary for me to stipulate arbitrarily that today’s haiku must follow the 5/7/5 syllable count and also rhyme and illustrate a passionate cause?
Well, of course…because it makes the selection process all that much easier when those submissions do not meet the requirements set unto and forthwith, as well as erstwhile.
Anyway, there are some mighty fine haiku – and mighty funny too – that, unfortunately, either don’t rhyme or meet the syllable count or have a missing or misunderstood cause of passion and therefore don’t qualify…
But I will say a few words about the haiku that are not today’s selection for this or that or the other reason…
– I think it awesome how Queen J Hardy Carroll’s non-rhyming haiku speaks in the third person…as in the “Royal We.” Though I wonder about the Queen’s priorities when his “most passionate cause” appears to be that of dissing drum solos.
– Queen Clintington, with his non-rhyming and, judging against the prompt requirements, non-reasoning haiku wins the “Make Kurt Legitimately LOL” award. On top of that, I especially enjoy how the Queen orders his King about.
– Queen Josh Wrenn’s haiku is pure awesomeness, one I can empathize, sympathize, and actualize with, and it would be a definite selection contender had it not been missing a couple of letters critical to the overall effect of the poem. I’m not much of a cursing kinda guy, despite my sailorness, but sometimes, there are no better alternatives to a big, fat, juicy curse word when effectively deployed. And this haiku by Queen Josh is one of those sometimes in my estimation.
– Queen Myas’s beautiful wonderment of an extended haiku was out of bounds by the length of eight syllables or so.
– Queen Ritu wins the “Elision Award” for her effective use of “d’ya.”
– Had Queen MLJ’s procrastinating polite poem rhymed, as awesome as it is, whoa…
– Queen Mandy Moran, with her powerfully potent political haiku unfortunately did not rhyme; however, had she had followed the rules properly, her Realm of Anarchy would have been immediately delegitimized.
Which leaves us with one haiku. One of perfect parts, and of resounding rhymes, and, most critically, of profound and powerful poetry. And as a bonus, her passion of a cause in the form of today’s haiku is my passion of a cause in the form of today’s haiku. Awesome.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Queens and Queens, it is my pleasure to present to you today’s Thoughtful Thursday selection…
THE WORLD IS QUEEN
by Queen Dancing Echoes
Gaia doesn’t play,
In the end She’ll have her way,
Earth will win the day.