My attempt to move from Southern California and create a happy and sustainable urban homestead in North Dakota, with some musings on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.



Friday, December 7, 2012

What's Happening in our Cornfields

Alycia here - Here is a very interesting NPR article/book review talking about the diversity of plant, animal, and insect life in different parts of the world, e.g., Cape Town, South Africa; Costa Rica; and Iowa. Basically, due to the pesticides that are sprayed on the cornfields, the plant and animal/insect life in an Iowa cornfield is virtually nonexistent - no bees, ants, birds, etc. A very sad and telling sign of how harmful these pesticides are.

NPR article: Cornstalks everywhere...


2 comments:

Rosemary said...

Scary isn't it? Have you read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan? Thanks for the great link, so interesting.

El Gaucho said...

I have read The Omnivore's Dilemma, an actually several of his other books, he's such a good writer. Being in a heavy agricultural area it's interesting to see things that were so new to me, like how they grow corn. Fascinating...and more than a little bit scary.