Error message

Image resize threshold of 10 remote images has been reached. Please use fewer remote images.

Monopolies, Monoculture, and Bees

Monopolies, Monoculture, and Bees

Dena Rash Guzman, a beekeeper and poet, explains why she buys organic only when the only other choice is conventional produce. Much of organic produce sold in supermarkets is grown in monocultures, an agricultural practice Guzman refers to as "strip mining." She prefers to eat food she grows herself or buys from local farmers, but the former is time consuming and the latter is expensive. She muses, "the answer to our global food crisis might not be to ban GMOs or even chemicals in farming, though that would be a great start. The answer might be to ban monoculture. In the past, monoculture has led to famine. Who can say a future of pesticide-resistant insects, pollution, and soil depletion won’t lead to the same?" Will this influence your produce-purchasing habits?

Log in or register to post comments

Posts nearby

Location: Hanson Beeyard, Fort Lupton, Colorado Featuring: Larry, Craig, Gary, and Brian Since 2005 many bee colonies around the globe have mysteriously disappeared. Everything from cellphone... Read more
By The Producer, Feb 28
Featuring: Bill and Nicolette Niman Location: BN Ranch, Marin, CaliforniaThe Niman’s secret for “antibiotic-free” beef production is simple: fresh air, sunshine, and exercise make for healthy... Read more
By Douglas Gayeton, May 19
Location: The Honey House, Ballard Bee Company, Seattle, Washington Featuring: Corky Luster Corky says: “Honey around the entractor, honey on the door, honey on my left boot that is now on the... Read more
By The Producer, May 20