This is a continuation of The Green Desert and The Green Paradox. The quick update is: more flowers; still many bees; growing number of moths and butterflies. Still no bees on flowering plants around the Roundup Ready corn and soybean fields.
This story starts about a week ago with a phone accounting of all this to a friend in NYC, who I had called to tell we were coming to the city for a few days.
Specifically, I told him not only about the bees, but the complexities of mass production and paying the bills on a family farm, ala how my father works alone the amount of ground that would have been 3 families’ work just 50 years ago, and grew much more than they did then as well-all while using (at minimum) poisons that (at minimum) bees don’t like and seem obviously to be out of balance with nature.
So my friend said, “Well, what’s wrong is the feeling that you have to grow that much.” Which got me to thinking.