Thoughtful Thursday: the End of Humanity?

I don’t know if I can watch anymore. I’m starting to get down. I read articles almost daily about the bees dying; aren’t bees indicators of the health of ecosystems, and don’t we live in ecosystems too?

A frame from late Peter Noddle's hives. Can you see the marked queen bee?

A frame from late Peter Noddle’s hives. Can you see the marked queen bee?

The Chinese can’t get honey in their country anymore because the bees are long gone, GM alfalfa has just been approved in Canada, chemicals are in everything, toxic wastes are being hidden, sugar is a regular ingredient in most of our food, so many people have cancer or lyme disease or diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and more and more of us are simply becoming sterile. No matter what, the Earth will recover, but at this rate, we won’t be around to see it.

It’s no big deal to planet Earth whether we act or not as she’s been around for awhile and has a way of balancing herself, as she has done many times before. We need to realize that we, as human life, are only a small blip on her timeline and that whether we stick around or not is of little bearing to her. We do have a choice. Farming has been around for awhile and we’ve gone and made a mess of things in just a couple of generations.

What would the pathway forward look like if we were to introduce a new food culture and a new vision for agriculture in Canada?

That’s how I concluded my presentation the other day. I don’t think they liked that. People can’t handle the truth.

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About Kaytlyn Dale

#nuffield13 scholar passionate about sacred agriculture and holding space for transforming ourselves so that we can help regenerate the land, soil, Earth and our food system. Pursuing an MA that brings spirituality and agriculture together in the conversation.
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3 Responses to Thoughtful Thursday: the End of Humanity?

  1. I just talked with a bee keeper who keeps 4000 hives in Alberta (largest keeper in Alberta) and one from England. In both cases, GM, insecticides and many of the other claims people are making about bee deaths are false. We had a long winter in Western Canada, 7 months in fact. There was a 10% loss up until March and then a 20-30% loss in March. We were asking to the bees to survive in the hive for 7 months which is a lot to ask. The bee keeper says his populations are now back up to what they were going into fall. The bee keeper from England said bees came out in March and the weather turned which led to higher losses. They will rebuild again.

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