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Well, I think this problem runs parallel with the problem of the kind of people you meet that think if you pluck a piece of fruit off a tree and eat it there and then it is some kind of freakish behaviour. They seem to think it is not natural unless it has come through the supermarket. Tell them it also tastes better than what you get in the supermarket and they look at you as if you have completely taken leave of your senses. They seem to think you are going to fall over dead if you eat it.

Many children have been completely cut off from the natural world. One of my relatives teaches in a primary school. She asked the kids

"Where do carrots come from?"-

"The supermarket."-

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"Ok, where do they come from before that?"-

"A truck."-

"And before that?"-

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No response other than general confusion.

So think about it, we might have many things to lose like light pollution, air pollution, pesticide pollution, plastic toys that you put in the bin on Dec 26th, bags to put bags in, canine liposuction, bottled tap water sold back to us, furry dice and disposable hats - but think what we have to gain - a spectacular show every night that is also a vision of eternity. It won't cost anything and is without commercial interruptions. Also free fruit [it grows on trees you know] and of course the small matters of drinkable water and breathable air.

No one p*sses on the shelves in the supermarket because they know that that is where their food comes from - and also because it is illegal. If people can see that our food first comes from the ground and not the supermarket we will be less inclined to pollute [p*ss on] our supply lines or allow others to do it.

The result could be some amazing things that come free and aren't wrapped in plastic. Just compare the picture above and how much you can see in the night sky in your town or city on an average night, and think what you have got to gain.


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Scotland's Michael Greenwell has worked, at various times, as a university tutor, a barman, a DJ ("not a very good one," he clarifies), an office lackey, supermarket worker, president of a small charity, a researcher, a librarian, a volunteer worker in Nepal during the civil war there, and "some other things that were too tedious to mention." Nowadays, he explains, "I am always in (more...)

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