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Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee

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  • Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee

    We'll start in a cornfield — we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer — on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing — and it's a big thing...

    ...a very big thing, but I won't tell you what, not yet.

    Instead, let's take a detour. We'll be back to the cornfield in a minute, but just to make things interesting, I'm going to leap halfway around the world to a public park near Cape Town, South Africa, where you will notice a cube, a metal cube, lying there in the grass.

    That cube was put there by David Liittschwager, a portrait photographer, who spent a few years traveling the world, dropping one-cubic-foot metal frames into gardens, streams, parks, forests, oceans, and then photographing whatever, or whoever came through. Beetles, crickets, fish, spiders, worms, birds — anything big enough to be seen by the naked eye he tried to capture and photograph. Here's what he found after 24 hours in his Cape Town cube:

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    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

  • #2
    Interesting. I don't even eat corn unless I grew it or I know it came from a mixed, organic operation. Monoculture is a risky business.

    So it starvation, of course.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."


    • #3
      Very interesting.
      Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
      Robert Southwell, S.J.


      • #4
        I'm very much a corn-weary individual (against the monoculture invading our foods and HFCS, stuff like that) but I am not surprised or disgusted by this information. What did they expect they would find in a field that's sprayed with two or more pesticides and hosting a single plant that's genetically bred to resist insects?

        Frankly, I am surprised they found even a few creatures.
        “Any sufficiently advanced capitalism is indistinguishable from rent seeking.” ~ =j