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The bees are disappearing
the toads and frogs are disappearing
the butterflies have flown
the salamanders and newts are drying up.
Soon you and every other small farmer will have to tag every one of your animals and submit reports whenever they leave your property. Your oxen and workhorses included ( possibly not your bees yet but the advances in RFID technology make bee tagging only a matter of time). NAIS


Here, Elaine, I will agree that you're on to something. I, too, deplore factory farming methods.


"Soon you and every other small farmer will have to tag every one of your animals and submit reports whenever they leave your property. Your oxen and workhorses included"

Better include yourself there too!

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Yes indeed, I wrote about those tags long ago. I think we should tag Cheney to see where he is at all times. Or maybe the Taliban have him tagged already.

D. F. Facti

Elaine, this is such a travesty. I love open-pollinated vegetables and flowers - and the fruit trees! When I was walking around an old (former) farmstead a couple of years ago, I noticed German chamomile all over where the fruits tress used to grow. I knew then that the farmer had had open-pollinated trees - probably was a very old farm, indeed. The chamomile attracts bees abd other beneficial insects. Feverfew - never! Repels them. If there are any left to repel.


Am up to here writing for the park. Maybe the spies have visited your blog. They googled my blog handle. Seen anyone from Ingster, Michigan?

Elaine Meinel Supkis

I'll check, Facti.

If you ever feel insecure, just know that my farm is a secure place in many, many important ways. Don't hestitate to visit any time.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

And yes, bees love yellow flowers. Almond trees don't have yellow blossoms.

big Al

I believe that the sugar in honey is fructose, not glucose or sucrose, so that is what should be fed to them , but better, let them keep enough for themselves, and just take the excess.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

100% correct, big Al! Bees are actually very picky as I point out here. They will eat sugar of any sort but that should be in very small quantities.

I have lots of flowers that bees and hummingbirds love and in summer, I love to watch both forage in the gardens and on my deck that has tubs of bright flowers growing.


Please note that honey IS NOT all fructose:
Here is the USDA Nutrient Data Base information about the sugars in honey (which is about 17% water)
Sugars, total g 82.12 0
Sucrose g 0.89 9 0.245
Glucose (dextrose) g 35.75 1
Fructose g 40.94 1
Maltose g 1.44 9 0.307
Galactose g 3.10 1

Honey also has lots of minerals, vitamins, and other components that high fructose corn syrup does NOT have.

Magic Russki

What a lovely blog you have. So much intellectual insight and love for the world.

supra vaider

Good stuff as per usual, thanks. I do hope this kind of thing gets more exposure.



Monster Beats

Talk of the devil and he will appear.

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