Wes Jackson on Earth As Organism

by Rachel Creager Ireland

Driving Into Sunset

“I don’t think that it is proper to say that the earth is an organism. An atom is an atom. A molecule is a molecule. A cell is a cell. A tissue is a tissue. An organ is an organ and an organism is an organism. Going up the hierarchy, we can say an ecosystem is an ecosystem and the earth is the earth. I believe that those who insist on calling the earth an organism are doing so because they happen to be organisms.”

–Wes Jackson, Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth