Grasses Are Inefficient?

In 2003, some of the AOI speakers were at Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) speaking on Creation. A biology professor stood up and proclaimed that, “He could not believe the design of an intelligent creator. After all, nature was full of flaws. Look at grasses for example. Grasses are inefficient …”  [paraphrased].

First, let’s look at the word inefficient; The American Heritage Dictionary defines inefficient:  (ĭn’ĭ-fĭsh’ənt) adj. Not efficient, as: Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; incompetent: Not producing the intended result; ineffective: Wasteful of time, energy, or materials.

In other words, the professor was essentially saying that grasses are unproductive … not very good at doing their job.

When many people hear the word grass, they think of the grass of a lawn, such as Crab grass or Kentucky Blue grass. However, grasses are very important staples of most diets. Corn, wheat, and rice for example are grasses in which we harvest the seeds for food.

Consider … is corn inefficient? Rich Stepanek was a Minnesota farmer before he joined the ministry of AOI. Two of the main crops he grew were corn and soy beans. He shared with me that in the spring he would plant approximately 20 lbs. of corn seed to an acre of ground. In the fall, he could normally expect a harvest of 100 bushels of corn seed per acre (in irrigated areas of Nebraska and Kansas they sometimes get an even higher yield).

Corn seed weighs about 56 lbs. per bushel. So one acre of Rich’s farm ground would normally produce 5,600 lbs. of corn seed.

From 20 lbs. to 5,600 lbs. … that is a 27,900% increase! Do you think that is inefficient? Was the corn plant productive? Did the corn plant do a good job of making more corn?

Unfortunately, so many professors can spout off nonsense that is not verified by observation, and it is taken as truth, because after all, they are professors, therefore they must be wise. Not always!

Proverbs 17:24 “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.”

Psalm 14:1; 53:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God …”

 

Lanny Johnson

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