Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Beekeeping for a Better World

My friend Jenn has published a really cool article with Briarpatch. It's called Adventures in Urban Beekeeping: The sweet feats of the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperitave. Check it out. I command you.

I once invested a little bit of money in a company that "rented" bees to farmers for crop pollination. They would cart the wooden boxes full of bees from orchard to orchard for a fee from the farmer. It went out of business, but I think there are still companies that are involved in this type of endeavor.

sugar cane production is responsible for more biodiversity loss than any other crop worldwide

Just wait until cars start running on ethanol made from sugar cane. Good bye Amazon. No more wars for sugar cane?

“the youth are always fascinated with the bees. They love learning as much as possible about them.

I have 13 bird feeders and 2 bird baths in my back yard. I hire two kids from the neighborhood to fill them when I’m away from home. They, as well, love seeing all the different types of birds. These endeavors, birds and bees and the like, are indeed, great ways to teach the young.

As public awareness grows about how far most of our food travels, … to access locally grown food.

Well, I hate to date myself, but you all already know I’m much older than you anyway. I can remember when the fruit and vegetable dealers, some actually riding horse drawn carts, others simply pushing carts, came into our neighborhood to sell their wares. Some of the best apples, strawberries, corn, tomatoes you could imagine, all grown right in the area.

With that, you had only certain times of the year that you could get certain types of food. Strawberries and peaches in the summer, squash and apples in the fall, etc. It was special to only get certain food at certain times of the year. Now, we get produce all year, but some as from far away as South America. Apples, potatoes and other produce is picked and stored right away the cold houses so it can be sold as “fresh” some 6 months later.
yeah, as i mentioned in my energy utopia, all fuel technologies are resource consumptive in some way. best approach to sustainability i've hear yet is the old/new 3 r's: reduce, reuse, recycle, emphasis on the first one.

one winter, before i was married, my roommate and i ordered the local food box from foodshare, the organization jenn mentions in her article. it was all roots: turnips, potatoes, beats, etc. it was damn hard to figure out ways to eat them all. but we did it, with some occasional local meat added. it was one of my more sustainable winters. i'm looking forward to the cottage in finland, just a few more days, when i'll get the chance to live off my own cooking for the first time in years.
Good evening from Gismo. Unicorn here to report the weather is fine just your normal galastic storm sweeping many planets past ours.It makes for a great sight ,maybe you earthling will see this one day when you have destroyed your own planet which will not be to many lightyears away...Its always interesting what you do with each other and your planet......We gismonians always get a laugh from your destuctive ways ,but to learn you must first destroy whats so good.
hen you're the wine capital of Australia, the art of blending comes naturally. But here in South Australia we blend far more than wine.

We've put Australia's most civilised city a half hour from the world's most unique wildlife sanctuary. Where people swim in clear, turquoise waters and giants appear out of the blue. We blended the freshest, finest produce in the country with chefs of world repute. And new age cuisine now meets the ancient outback.

We put together history and elegance with horsepower and excitement. Love of the arts with passion for sport.

By any measure, it's a good blend.

But in truth... it's a brilliant blend.
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