|Sent on:||Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:02 PM|
|Yep, Bob, as usual,you are correct on another plant-related topic. "Professor Liz" gives you another A+ on this one. :) The bees have been telling us for some time that our current industrial food system with its chemical over-fertilization, pesticide-managed mono-crops has failed us. They are like the canaries sent to coal mines that die.|
And here is the good news: the bees know where the good stuff is and that is why they are buzzing around all the pesticide-free urban farms and plants springing up in our cities. Bees are beginning to thrive in our urban areas as more organic urban farmers like ourselves are arising asphalt communities all over the world. In Paris, for example, the owner of the three-star Eiffel Park Hotel reaps over three hundred pounds of honey in a year from just three hives. Paris has been a pesticide-free zone since 2000. Urban beekeepers must register with the veterinarian authority of Paris, and hives must be at least 82 feet from the nearest school or hospital. Unfortunately our cities in the DFW area are far from "pesticide" free, but ironically, compared to most of our surrounding rural agricultural areas we might have more areas of pesticide-free zones than can be found on surrounding farmland. Of course farms like Frank Morgans Alpha Omega Acres are among the exceptions. I imagine that Frank has plenty of bees at his place.
Thanks Bob. You and Dave Pennington deserve a citizens award for all that you do to improve not only the quality of our food but the quality of the lives of the people in our community. I appreciate you both.
Garland Urban Farmer
--- On Mon, 4/1/13, Bob Jordan <[address removed]> wrote: