National Pollinator Week

Fellow insect nerds … if you haven’t seen it yet do check out the film A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Some random local pollinators …

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Monarch Butterfly
firefly june 2016
Firefly
Prochoerodes lineola
Prochoerodes lineola

And my poor honey bees who have been bearding since March. Time to get a proper hive.

bees bearding
It’s too hot …

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen.

–Aldo Leopold

National Pollinator Week has been beautifully effective at celebrating our pollinators and shedding light on the damage all around us. The next step has to be action. What can we do to protect our world? We certainly can plant flowers but I think the best thing we can do to protect pollinators is to buy organic food and cotton. Remove the poisons saturating the land and we will remove most of the problem. After all, more land is used for agriculture than for gardens.

We also maybe need to stay informed about global political developments. Especially in an election year.

The Democratic front runner has a long history of supporting what she calls ‘regime change.’ As Secretary of State she transformed the office into one that worked hard to sell fracking, GMO products & agriculture poisons to the world. Let her know that supporting these industries is as big a mistake as her support of the Iraq war. As for the other front runner … well … words fail.

Mrs. Clinton is correct that regime change is usually good for American business but it can be devastating to the environment.

Monsanto expects the recent regime changes in Argentina and Brazil will result in larger profits. But, as Monsanto profits rise so too does the poisoning of the earth.

Argentina is the third largest grower of soy beans. Just this month Monsanto shares went up in anticipation of a deal made with President Mauricio Macri’s administration. Farmers will no longer be able to collect seed without paying royalties to Monsanto. Monsanto will also benefit from the elimination of the export tax on corn and Argentina’s devalued currency.

Brazil is the second largest largest grower of soy. In an effort to buoy the economy, Michel Temer’s administration provided millions of dollars to farmers. One of the results is that 35 million acres will be seeded with Monsanto’s new Intacta soybeans. These soy plants are genetically modified to protect themselves against insects. In layperson’s terms: the plants themselves are toxic. Monsanto hopes to have 100 million acres planted soon. As in the case of Argentina, Monsanto is also celebrating the country’s currency devaluation following the coup.

I really hope we can take National Pollinator Week to the next step. By all means celebrate your local pollinators but maybe we ought to think globally too. Is it possible for environmentalists to apply some leverage to the presidential candidates? Like, I’ll only vote for you if … .

Seems unlikely when both frontrunners are notoriously stubborn. And as we learned with Obama, pretty words don’t necessarily lead to policy. Promises are cheap. But doing nothing feels so wrong and I kind of think the front runners might hate each other enough for every vote to count.

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11 thoughts on “National Pollinator Week

  1. When I read of the things Monsanto does I really worry – how can we battle against such giants, who’s only concern is profits and short term gain. How can we every make them realise that this earth is a precious resource and that their poisons are destroying it. Pollinator Week is just a small step in raising awareness. This is an important post – well done on spreading the word.

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  2. Wonderful photos – much to consider…

    Even the idea that environmental issues have (or can again) become front page political issues is a relatively recent development, all things considered. I think you are right – this is no time for either/or thinking – we need a lot of both/and. As in both do everything you can locally, AND work to support politicians who accept scientific facts as such, and who will pledge to protect the planet in the many ways that plays out globally.

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    1. Haha I just want all those voters who clicked the “I’m With Her” ad to ask, “Is she with us?” But you are right. It is a turning point that the environment is even mentioned at all.

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