I describe monoculture practice as creating “Famine Farms” for bees and wildlife…becoming places of slow starvation for all.
I recall thinking this when first beginning to plant out the permaculture gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage.
As you can see from the place as it looked then, it was bereft of food for anything!
Walking around the gardens of Bealtaine during the Spring and Summer, watching bees forage in the blossom, frogs delight in the ponds and listening to the birds sing out a mighty chorus, makes me think of the dire situation these creatures face in the monoculture world of modern farming.
It forms part of the massive disconnect going right through the core of society.
In much the same way that medical doctors have a two week slot on diet and nutrition, during their four year medical training, farmers are unaware of much of the way in which the food chain operates around them and, in particular, the intricacies of Nature.
Such arrogance is reprehensible as we gather more and more knowledge of the decline and loss of habitat of life as we know it!
It is widely held that our increasing use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, which honeybees ingest during their daily pollination rounds, are largely to blame for the continuing decline of the bees.
Many people point to the proliferation of genetically modified crops, which may generate pollen with compromised nutritional value.
The list of who and what is to blame goes on…
However, from my own observations I have come to this conclusion: we are responsible for starving the bees; with loss of hedgerows; tree depletion; use of chemicals; growing of gaudy flowers with no pollen; proliferation of ridiculous lawns and constant demand for monoculture raised foods, to name but a few!
And that means looking at the natural world, not as a resource to be continually trodden on and suppressed, but as a wondrous gift from the Divine we all need to cherish.
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