So, we were sitting around and happened to catch a show called Nature on OPB- very, very interesting. It reminded me of a post Karen wrote on Greenwalks about her bees too. One day Pat and I were weeding and he told me that he overheard the bees talking and they said they didn’t care for the GM crops, and pesticide filled fields on industrialized farms, so they were glad to find our garden and others like it :).
So, why are our bees dying? Where are they going?
I know where the bees are- in my organic backyard garden! We were just recently commenting about how many bees we have in our yard this year- noticeably greater in number...hmmm. I think it may be that our bees are smarter than we know (or are). Maybe they don't like the industrialized farms with their genetically altered crops as much as we don't like the watered/pus filled, anemic looking, tasteless vegetables in our markets :). Could it be that hanging out in these fields, working diligently as bees do, lowered their immune systems and when we introduced these Australian bees to our already physically compromised bees, their little bodies couldn't fight off a new virus? I mean seriously, does anyone really expect there to NOT be problems when we play around with genetics? We are at the top of the food chain, are we not? What we do to the environment on a large scale will effect us- duh! Doesn't anyone notice that we are all unhealthy, and have problems ranging from women having hysterectomies earlier to little girls starting their menstrual cycles earlier, people dying all around us, some at much younger ages? Pesticides, hormones, synthetic fertilizers, genetically altered foods- yes, foods- tomatoes are top, soy is another top and it's in everything. There are (especially in the US) so many hectares of land dedicated to GMOs- it is staggering! They, in turn, affect (or infect!) the organic farms that are near by.
Why is it that we can't learn that maybe there might be something wrong with a seemingly harmless synthetic fertilizer- when the worms take off in soils where they're used? Are we smarter than the worm? Are we really so stupid that we don't see that we need to go back to small acre or 2 sized micro farms, located in cities, or just right outside that produce 'real food' locally, fresh, and serving those close by- we need to become locavoresa person who attempts to eat only foods grown locally. Locavores grow their own food or buy foodstuffs grown within their region.! Does anyone even remember what a tomato is supposed to taste like?
This tomato was juicy, meaty, sweet, not a bit mealy, and full of flavor! I had to take a paper towel to it before putting it on my sandwich! My new saying is ‘This is a tomato...just so you know’- or ‘This is real food...just so you know’ (as I imagine talking to a grocery store produce man (poor guy, not his fault), or maybe an industrialized farm manager-notice I didn’t say farmer?)
Okay, I'm done ranting- great program and one that obviously got my panties in a wad! Check it out!
Happy real food eating,