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Wild Pollinators

Btw, bet there are butterflies on Shepard's farm, too, not just honeybees. Dying out all over, pollinators seem to thrive in NATURAL environments.

Shepard talks about the wild pollinators at 1:36:50.

Now that I'm aware, I was telling a friend about Restorative Agriculture. She instantly "got it" - how much sense it made. This family has five rural acres. In fact, she was telling me some of her own observations as to what sprung up effortlessly (e.g., certain kinds of berries). She's going to watch the video.

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Her husband is an engineer; surely he'll also see how logical it is. I'm quite sure they'll be doing some experimenting. Thanks.

Shepard has formal engineering and ecology training. I highly recommend his book Restoration Agriculture.

P.S. Re upsetting the natural balance, my "hero" Amory Lovins (RMI) has a great anecdote he told at a conference in upstate New York where he and Gunter Pauli were giving a presentation. I heard it ages ago, so don't quote me; but it went something like this: Somewhere in Africa, use of DDT caused the bird populations to start dying off. Because of that, insects that had been kept in check by the birds began to proliferate. Some of these insects ate through the village's thatched roofs. The solution was to replace the grass with corrugated metal. But then in the rainy season, the never-ending loud drumming on the roof prevented anyone from having peace and getting sleep; so besides just driving them all crazy, the people began to get sick. In the meantime, along with thriving insect populations, rats also thrived. Besides being a nuisance, these rats were carrying diseases. The solution to deal with the rodent infestation was to airlift in thousands of cats. Amory said that their work was to, basically, eliminate the need for the airlifting of cats. :)

Reminds me of a Simpsons episode...

% Some time later, the city honors Bart for his work.

For decimating our pigeon population, and making Springfield a less
oppressive place to while away our worthless lives, I present you with
this scented candle.
-- Mayor Quimby, "Bart, the Mother"

% Away from the speech, Skinner and Lisa talk.

Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.