Look to the Animals

May 17th, 2010

By Ed De Boer

(From June 2003)

Man’s perverse genius has brought us many things that were supposed to alleviate human suffering, improve human health and bring us overall prosperity.  Well, what did we wind up with?  Multiple problems, disease and more poverty!

“When man’s science exceeds his sense,
his ignorance will destroy him.”

~ Oriental proverb

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,
and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

~ Proverbs 3:5

She said, “Those poor animals… they can’t talk, they can’t tell you what’s wrong.”  He replied, “They can’t lie, either.”

The animals can’t talk, but somehow they understand.  People can talk, but most don’t understand.

The animal is more tuned in to nature, whereas man has abandoned nature.  Man thinks he has found a better way, but history is replete with the stupidity of man, and history keeps repeating for him.  However, consider the domesticated animals.  They manage to absorb some of man’s stupidity and suffer the consequences by losing their survival skills like man.  Observed in the wild, animals are constantly on guard… in groups there are always those that stand guard.  They sound the alarm when danger lurks.  When alone, they incessantly raise their heads while feeding to watch for the possible surprise attack by a predator.

One thing the animals have over us is that they don’t have a king, a president or a congress!  No wonder!  The animals have to exercise personal responsibility.  If they don’t, they’re dinner.  It’s the law of nature, “survival of the fittest.”  We might try to go back to that, however, the undertakers might be quite busy for a while.

We take pride in our independence.  But let the lights go out and the gas fail, and the grocery store not have the groceries… then some of us will find out how independent we really are.  It would be sheer panic for city dwellers, but for country folk it would be a mere inconvenience.  One thing is certain: we’d sure get to understand the true meaning of independence, which would bring us back to Earth as a nation and make us realize that our freedoms do not come from the government but are a gift from the God who created us and wants us to enjoy His creation, not foul it up.

Look to the animals, and learn.

About Mistakes

April 17th, 2010

By Ed De Boer

(June 2003)

None of us is above making mistakes. It’s part of our humanity. The good part about making mistakes is that you can learn from them so you don’t go down that path again. Some of us have taken that to heart and mended our ways by seeking counsel from wise men, or even reaching higher to the only Source which cannot make a mistake. By consulting the Book of Rules for Life, we can learn how to live life successfully.

To some people, success is money. Well, there’s a lot of stuff around called “money,” but it’s merely paper and ink. The notes are all the same size, but the numbers printed on them vary from “One” to “1,000.” The one-dollar bill was the most used one — that was 45 years ago. Now it’s the twenty-dollar bill that is the most used. That’s because it takes a twenty to get what a one used to buy. We ought to correct that mistake and make the one buy what the twenty does. Don’t hold your breath!

We used to farm without pesticides and chemicals. Now we’re using them more every year. Why? Because the insects have become much more plentiful. For some reason they don’t like to be killed, and they have devised ways to outsmart the poison pantry of our brilliant scientists. It seems that after some 50 years, the scientists finally noticed that what they predicted then, in fact turned out to be exactly opposite of their dire prophecy. It is awfully hard, when you’re so smart, to admit that you’re stupid. Not only that, to admit that you were stupid then and 50 years later you’re still stupid. So, what to do now?

Well, you simply have another one of your brilliant brainstorms to cover up the first colossal blunder. You come up with “genetic engineering” to achieve the results that evaded you for 50 long years. Now you’ve found the way — the wave of the future — through genetic manipulation, so the weeds, the insects and all the disease will be completely eliminated. You’re going to save humanity again like you said you would some 50 years ago, save them from starvation by killing the bugs and the weeds.

Well, the bugs have multiplied 50 times, the damage they cause is up to 40 percent of the total crop, and we’re choking on surpluses, while people are dying like rats from the miracles of the poison pantry you so ably developed. This time you can patent your genetically engineered “Frankenplants” and make money like never before! It will be a biotech boom, but there will always be a bust behind it.

Hey, all you scientists… I hate to foul you up, but I’ve been getting by without help from your poison pantry. The bugs don’t bother me. Aphids, weevils, glassy-wing, white fly or whatever bug that’s bugging you, is invited to my yard to sit at my table and eat to their hearts’ content, for I went to a different Source, which told me how to be bug-free. But you don’t believe that… you want to test my theory and make sure you’ll muck it up so you can say, “It doesn’t work.”

That’s been standard procedure in the past with any and all government entities, and that is the cause of our national decline in soil health, crop health, animal health and human health. They, the bureaucrats, have bought into a false and mistaken premise and refuse to abandon it for fear of admitting their aggregate stupidity and the prospect of loss of employment.

It takes courage to admit being wrong, and that’s what is lacking these days, especially in those who are looking for job security and suffer from lack of conviction. They keep singing in unison, but there are a lot of sour notes in that tune. Someday it will blow up in their faces, when a majority of citizens learn the Truth and decide that enough is too much, and that we can trash the Department of Agriculture as well as the chemical industry producing all the poisons that are polluting and destroying our environment. And kiss genetic engineering goodbye before it does it to us. That will be the time when we can breathe again and see the distant mountains again, since the chemical haze will be no more. Then, God will bless America and forgive their sin and heal their land and heal all their diseases, and we shall make war no more.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The government that governs least, governs best.” Today’s government has become parasitic. It is bleeding the taxpayer who, by now, is seriously financially anemic, causing the economy to be seriously anemic. In the end, the parasite will kill the host and die in the process.

This whole government structure is built to attempt to solve the problems which are coming our way with increasing speed and numbers. The government keeps establishing committees and entities in an attempt to bring about a turnaround, but alas, the parasites keep growing and multiplying while the economy is collapsing. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “You can trust the government to do the right thing, once they have exhausted all other means.” It is all with the best of intentions, but the road to hell is paved with those. You cannot win the game if you don’t play by the rules.

Abundant Harvest Organics

March 9th, 2010

On September 25, 2008, Ed De Boer and I (Walter Stormont) traveled to Kingsburg, California to visit Peterson Family Farms, home of the thriving Abundant Harvest Organics.  Proprietor Vernon Peterson graciously took us on a driving tour of his farm, including a visit with the chickens.  Ed was thrilled about what Vernon was doing… raising food the natural way and being an entrepreneur by bonding with other organic growers to make Abundant Harvest Organics available far and wide, fresh from the farm(s) every week.

I made it a point to bring my tape recorder that day.  Here are some of Ed’s comments made while visiting Vernon’s family farm:

“This is the original American idea!  This is America… individuals taking care of their own business and having the ability and ingenuity to create things and exploit their own abilities to achieve independence.  Not only that, when we talk about the organics movement, it is thanks to God it is growing in this nation, and right now you can almost call it exponential.  When you read Acres USA, you really get the idea that, hey, people are catching on!  And we will eventually wake up to the fact that all we have received from institutions of higher learning is nothing but a bunch of falsehood and total misdirection which are now starting to create havoc with our soils, our crops, our health and our society.  We must understand that we have to get back to the soil — and HEAL IT — before we can heal anything else, because that’s where the corruption started and that’s where the healing will occur.” 

~ Ed De Boer

Ed De Boer, left, with Vernon Peterson, 9/25/08. Photo by Walter Stormont


February 11th, 2010

Ed De Boer was never one to go with the flow, but in March 2003 he sat down with pen in hand and waxed trendy:

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There is no need to explain what constitutes a trend. A trend is started, becomes popular, grows, and if it is beneficial to the overall good of mankind, it will continue for any number of years. If it is not beneficial to all concerned and is in violation of natural law, it will eventually create too many problems, with the end result that it will be abandoned and die a slow death. Slow because, by nature, we are resisting change, so we’ll modify, adjust and tinker until we run out of remedies, and then let it die, only to start a new trend to offset the damage caused by the abandoned trend.

There are trends in every facet of life, for example, fashion trends which change every so often. If you have an ample wardrobe and hang on to your clothes for 20-30 years, they’ll be the new trend. We’re eager to change our clothes, but we resist change in lifestyle.

Many trends are basically harmless. Some are not. Political trends can turn out to be quite devastating. How many times throughout history has man been charmed by the idea of socialism? It has been tried and tried and tried again and again and again, and has failed every time… and it will continue to fail. Only because mankind, by nature, always tends to believe the lie over the Truth.

Any time a trend is based on a false premise it will fail, but before it finally fails, it has been adjusted, reformed, and changed until there is no means left to keep it going, and then it finally drowns in the sea of futility.

They say there are two sides to everything, but saying so does not make it so. It’s like saying there are two sets of rules for every game — you try it and you’ll see it doesn’t work. There is but one side: not my side, not your side, but God’s side. You don’t like it? Tough tabernacles! Legions before you didn’t like it, either. They all lost. They were all typical human beings who were unable to overcome their own human nature. They never knew that, to be free, we are bound to live by the eternal rules established by the eternal Creator and Ruler of the Universe.

Being the master of your soul does not make you equal to the Master of the universe, Who tolerates no equals. That Master is not interested in our doom. He loves all and wants to save all men, but He gave the choice to each individual. He does not demand our lives as a sacrifice, but obedience to His rules and the acceptance of His grace and mercy through His Son, the Savior.

Many are called, but few are chosen. God set the trend (His trend) at the beginning, and it has held to the same ever since. Not one time have we missed one of the seasons of the year. Sunrise and sunset still are at dawn and dusk, and noon is still at midday. All we need to do is pattern our lives after that trend, and things will go as smooth for us. But no. “We would rather do it ourselves.”

He who rules his own soul is stronger than he who conquers a fortress.

~ Ed De Boer


January 26th, 2010

Here, from June 2003, is more timeless time-capsule wisdom from the heart and mind of Ed De Boer.

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“Keep this thing forever in view: THE TRUTH. And if you do this, it may seem to lead you away from the opinions of men, but it most assuredly will conduct you to the throne of God.”

~ Horace Mann

Most everybody wants to go to heaven, but most want to get there in their own way. It’s not going to work that way. If you want to go to Rome, there are many roads that lead to Rome, but Rome is not heaven. If you want to have the right results, you need to do things exactly right, or you’ll miss your goal. The only vehicle that can take you to your intended destination is the Truth, no matter what your goal. There are no substitutes, no second bests. I learned that the hard way, and I’m confident that I’ve got lots of company.

We humans have a problem: we are inclined to deceive ourselves. We’re pretty good at it, and many there are who will never catch on. They are smitten with “intellect.”

Why do we use “money” that becomes less valuable as time goes on? It seems that precious metals don’t suffer from that, unless authorities willfully depress their value… it has been tried in the past, but in the end, precious metals always come out on top.

Why do men follow so many different religious beliefs? They can’t all be right. They can all be wrong, unless they adhere to Truth.

Why are there different political concepts? They, too, can’t all be right. They can all be wrong, and they are. Why are there so many ways to produce food for animal and human consumption, causing all manner of physical and mental deviation? They cannot be right when we are experiencing human and animal health degradation and serious soil depletion, which brings on plant disease, insect infestation, and animal and human diseases of all kinds. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “You can trust the human race to do the right thing, once they have exhausted all other means.”

“Man is not the independent Lord and Master of Creation, but the lucky inheritor of a very specialized set of conditions. Yet it is his perverse genius to destroy the very environment which he must have to survive.”
~ Jonathan Forman, M.D.

We see the same phenomenon in the medical profession, which resists all natural healing with medicines provided by nature itself (and Who created it) and insists upon manmade pharmaceuticals which are, at best, a sorry substitute (with serious side effects). Well, follow the money. No man can serve two masters. You serve “money” and you’ve sold your soul to the devil, who will promise you heaven, but give you hell, all endless miles of it.

Ed’s Column

January 14th, 2010

The more time I spent with the late Ed De Boer, the more I felt he should have his own column.  He was outspoken, prolific and passionate… and I was constantly writing down his words as we met.  I would often help him edit letters to the editor, some of which were published.  “If only Ed had his own column,” I thought, “we’d know it would be puslished, and Ed would thrive as a writer.”  In March of 2003, I cobbled together the following potential column for Ed, based on his observations.  I must have shown it to him, and we must have put the idea on hold … but now that we’re safely in the blogoshphere, I’m free to use my discernment about which of Ed’s writing to add to his blog — his column. ~ Walter Stormont

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By Ed De Boer

Man is the victim of his own thinking.  Any man who thinks he’s right is wrong, but then that makes him human — a natural human being, and that is where his problems start.  Once man accepts that fact, he’s on the road to recovery — when he realizes that life is a game, a serious game of success and failure, life and death.

Someone once said of life, “Those who think they’re getting out of this thing alive are sadly mistaken.”  The main question in life is: how can one play this game successfully?  As with a sporting game, there is but one set of rules by which we play.  No matter what game you’re playing, you have to play by the rules.  If you don’t know the rules, you can still play, but you can’t win.  When you do know the rules of the game, you have to practice.  The more you practice, the better you play.  The better you play, the more you’ll win.

Playing outside of the rules, you’ll not only ruin the game, but you’ll lose — and when you play outside of life’s rules you’ll lose your life’s effort and the future of those who come after you.  To sum it up: you destroy the game, your life and the lives of your progeny.  Death and destruction are your legacy.

To make an impact on society, there’s no need to tell people what you’re against.  It takes little or no effort to be against anything.  Our society is not changed by being against, for it is a negative, it is darkness, and the kingdom of darkness is death.  To be for something requires conviction, commitment, effort, sacrifice, determination and perseverance… qualities not found in natural man.

A man has to change himself before he can change the world.  Even then, he can’t do it alone; he has to look for help, and there is but one side from whence help can come, the only side Who wrote and established the rules of life.  To find that source of help demands humility.  Humility is found when one is on one’s knees.
It is only then that man truly sees the source of Truth and the one and only side of Truth, Light, Love, Grace and Redemption.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”    ~ Matthew 6:33

Another Shameless Plug

January 2nd, 2010

In listening to my “Return to Eden” radio broadcast today, I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone thought I was engaged in a series of “shameless plugs” for various businesses and websites. Think what you will… I’m merely carrying on the tradition of our founder, Ed De Boer, in mentioning as many like-minded folks as we can. None of them pay for the mention, but we always thought if an outfit was worth mentioning, it would pay off for everyone who’s listening. Call it a public service. One of the websites we still discuss regularly on “Return to Eden” is Mercola.com, source of many helpful newsletter articles on health and nutrition, and some that are just for fun. Ed was so impressed that he wrote to the site’s proprietor, Dr. Joseph Mercola, to weigh in on a topic and put in a good word for yet another product we were enamored with. ~ Walter Stormont

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August 25, 2008

Dear. Dr. Mercola,

I read with interest your August 15 newsletter item, “Twelve Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic” (in that they are less affected by pesticides).

There is a practical method of growing food without using pesticides at all. It can easily be adopted by everyone from the home gardener to the large-scale farmer. This method is to use a bio-stimulant. It is a fully organic probiotic liquid that heals the soil, assuring that there will be no problems with parasites. It eliminates the threat of e-coli, salmonella and the like.

The only reason for disease is a total void of positive life in the environment. When you introduce a positive charge into the environment, it overwhelms all the negative factors, just as light overcomes darkness. That’s what the product I use does for crops. I’m sorry if I sound like a pitchman, but I assure you I have no financial interest in this product. I simply like to promote it because more people should know about it. I have used it for two decades and I haven’t used pesticides of any kind for four decades.

I encourage you to learn more about it. You can contact the company through its website, www.agrigro.com or by calling 1-800-881-8801. Your readers should know about this product. It would be a great addition to the well-rounded array of information presented on your website.

I’m proud to say that I often share information from Mercola.com on my radio program, “Return to Eden.” The show originates in Bakersfield and is broadcast each weekend throughout central California. My goal is to alert my listeners to the importance of returning to natural law, and I tell them about a number of products that will help them do so. In addition to your fine work, I promote raw milk and those who are defending it; Acres USA magazine; WormsWorth natural fertilizer; The Weston A. Price Foundation; and of course, Agri-Gro and its sister product Bountiful Harvest. I have a website: www.TruthSimply.com.

At 83 years of age, many may think I don’t have to be doing all of this. I can’t get around like I used to… and my eyesight could be better. But, as long as I’m capable of doing anything at all, I feel it is my duty to do what I can to turn this country around and leave it a better place for my grandchildren.

To your health,

Ed De Boer
Bakersfield, California

The Big Farmer

December 23rd, 2009

Several years ago, Ed De Boer wrote the following essay which, so far as I can remember, was never published.  We’ll fix all that right now by presenting it here on Ed’s blog! ~ Walter Stormont

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By Ed De Boer

Good morning, sir!  How are you?

“Well, things are tough…  you see, I’m farming.  A fellow used to make a good living on 300-400 acres, but those days are long gone.  Nowadays, you have to get big or get out.”

How many acres are you farming?

“We’re farming 6,000 acres.  Some of my neighbors are thinking of getting out, so before long, we may be farming 10,000 acres.  Maybe we’ll finally start making some money!  At least that’s what the government and the bankers tell me.   You know, there’s a lot of money in farming, but actually getting that money, that’s the problem.  The bankers, the fertilizer man, the pesticide people, the seed man, the water and fuel and power men… they all get theirs.  If the weather is against us, we’ll be hard-pressed to make a buck.”

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My dear farmer friend: You say it is tough to make ends meet on 6,000 acres, your neighbor is qutting with 4,000 acres and you are contemplating taking over his acreage, hoping to make it on 10,000 acres.

One sure thing — you’ll double your work.  What seems to make more sense to me is to cut your work in half and make it on 2,500 acres.  If you concentrate on that and increase your yield per acre by 10%, you’ll be making more money on 2,500 acres than on 10,000.  In farming, “bigger” and “better” don’t go together.  We have more big farms and less farmers; what we should have is more farmers and smaller farms.

In my lifetime I’ve seen many changes but very little improvement, certainly not in the soils.  Sure, we’ve got big tractors and big implements and can farm large acreage, but we’re using more chemicals and pesticides.  And the outlook is not encouraging.

The chickens are coming home to roost.  The big corporations are now trying to take total control of U.S. agriculture with their genetic engineering; and with the help of the law they’re suing the farmer for patent infringment… for using his own seed that was contaminated with GMO’s due to cross-pollination!

Genetic engineering in plants is going to fail just as surely as social engineering.  Just give it some time.  The longer it lasts, the greater the disaster.  To paraphrase the Bible: “If it is of man it comes to naught, but that which is of God endures forever.”

Claiming this to be “One Nation Under God” and then tinkering with His creation to “improve” on it is pure foolishness, the work of men who have no faith in God and no faith in the Uniteed States or creation.  We should look back to where we came from, where we are and where we’re headed.  We will come to the realization that there is no future in what we’re doing today.

Bigger farms, bigger tractors, bigger implements, bigger pesticides, bigger bank loans and bigger bills do not have a future.  Smaller farms, more farmers, better yields, no pesticides and no bank loans offer a brighter future.  A prosperous farmer creates a thriving and healthy community with healthier people and a positive economy that’s not running on perpetual debt with an ever-sagging dollar that now has the purchasing power of less than a 1940 nickel.

Somewhere down the line there will be a moment of truth where the devil will collect his due.

“You cannot establish security on borrowed money.” ~ Rev. William J. H. Boetcker (often — mistakenly — attributed to Abraham Lincoln… although I think it’s safe to say Lincoln would have agreed with it.  ~W.S.)


You Can Quote Me

December 13th, 2009

“I live every day as if it’s my last one… someday I’m going to be right.”

Ed De Boer shared that sentiment with me as we met for lunch on July 29, 2009. Five weeks and a day later, Ed was right. And he was right about living every day as if it were his last… fighting the good fight until the very end.

No one loved a good quotation more than Ed Ed Boer. His conversation and writings were sprinkled with some of the best. I’ve mined the archives and found this essay in which Ed makes his point with plenty of backup, duly quoted. ~Walter Stormont

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By Ed De Boer

I don’t know how it all started. Nevertheless, it was well-planned, since nothing can happen without a cause. We can philosophize, debate and surmise well after the cows have come home, but it is all conjecture. All we know is that it happened, and once we study how it functions, we may learn how to treat it and make it work to our benefit and to the benefit of those who come after us.

“We did not inherit it from our parents. We are borrowing it from our children.” ~ Amish proverb

I’m talking about the mantle of life that covers the earth… the SOIL. If we continue to abuse it, somewhere down the road there will come a time when it will not be capable of supporting life on earth. Once we kill the mantle of life, we destroy the soil, and it becomes dead dirt.”

“Dead dirt makes poor farmers make poor dead dirt poorer.” ~ Author unknown

Foolish men and women in the Hallowed halls of Higher Learning have taught us to use chemicals and pesticides to grow crops and protect them from insects that attack our deficient crops — deficient because we failed to understand the laws of nature and proper husbandry of the soil. Our perverted genius is the cause of the destruction of our soils.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

What makes you think that there is no correlation between sick soils, sick crops and sick people? Deviant behavior cannot be cured by mind-bending drugs, so why do we have Levitra, Viagra, Cialis, Valium and a myriad of other pharmaceuticals, vitamins and health foods? Need I go on?

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” ~ Hippocrates

Today, the people who are growing our food are going broke doing it. To stay in the game, they get bigger… but bigger and better don’t go together in farming.

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

We have a choice: living soil or dead dirt. Dead dirt cannot produce health and prosperity, only disease and death. Living soil produces healthy crops, healthy animals and healthy humans, which makes pharmaceuticals, health foods and vitamins unnecessary. Healthy, living soils absorb all dead plants, animals and humans.

Mother Nature is never satisfied. On the other hand, she is the foundation, the supplier and the provider of life, health and prosperity. She needs our help — our total commitment — in order to continue producing all that is good for us and for those who come after us.

“There is something quite spiritual about a healthy, living soil.” ~ Ed De Boer

The Christian Dilemma

December 5th, 2009

The late Ed De Boer pulled no punches when discussing any topic, and that was certainly true of the church. Although Ed had a strong faith, read his Bible daily and communed with the Lord in prayer, he was not a churchgoer in recent years. “Where’s the fruit?” he would demand. If I mentioned examples of the church doing God’s work, it wouldn’t convince him. He held his ground in his belief that the church is not doing its job and bears much of the blame for America’s downhill slide. The following commentary, aired on Ed’s “Return to Eden” radio broadcast of June 6, 2009, is vintage Ed. ~ Walter Stormont

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This is like treading on holy ground. A lot of Christians will take issue with this subject matter. All I want them to do is look at where we are as a nation and where we are heading.

We were told to be the salt of the Earth, and “ye are the light of the world.” Well, the salt is flat and the light is out. That is purely my assessment.

In 1988 there was a large reader board in Caldwell, Idaho which stated, “The Romans used to feed their lions with Christians. If practiced today, the poor lions would starve.” That was 21 years ago. Have things improved in the meantime? I should say not.

Oh yeah… we have Bible studies and play church on Sunday. Other than that we may resist evil here and there — we sure preach against it — and we feel pretty comfortable doing the Lord’s work. The other side says the same thing while this nation slowly but surely is sinking into a sea of red ink and corruption. Everybody has the best of intentions. Come to think of it, isn’t that the pavement on the road to hell?

Not being a churchgoer, and being criticized for it instead being asked, “Why not?”, let me take this occasion to inform you: if there is still a church where the salt is not flat and the light is not hid, I would like to know. I am constantly reminded by the words of the Good Book, “Many shall come to Me in that day saying ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ We all should know the answer, and if you don’t, someday you will. A compromise is what nobody wants but everybody gets… until the next compromise. Until we reach the end of the line, it is not “fish or cut bait,” it is fishing for men, not money, “for no man can serve two masters.”

~ Ed De Boer