"AT LEAST HALF THE ORGANIC MATTER YOU see on a walk in the forest is dead: dead leaves, deadwood, dead weeds, insect carcasses, maybe even the stinking corpse of some higher animal if you’re lucky. There are massive die-outs: suddenly the cicadas are silent, and the husks of their bodies litter the trail. Great plagues sweep across the vegetable kingdom: plagues of viruses, plagues of herbivores, plagues of invading plants, as the monastery’s gardeners know only too well. And then all this carnage is brought to an abrupt halt by that biggest mass murderer of all, the first hard frost. The katydid’s song grinds to a halt, the dainty jewelweed shrivels and collapses into putrid slime, the birds get out while the going’s good. Autumn’s splendid tragedy unfolds, and we have the beauty of a dying world. The spectacle makes us pensive: we think of our own demise, our approaching winter."
Anonymous said: Do you feel there's any correlation between popular cartoons and phases? We had Avatar, based heavily off anime, and then the Weeaboo phase. Now we have Adventure Time, which features homosexual characters, genderfluid characters, etc. and the SJW phase.
On this episode of Thought Café Today, Suz talks about Speciesism - a form of discrimination focusing on the differences found across species, like those between humans and animals. Let us know what you think about the topic and if it made you think differently about our animal kin! Also, don’t miss the furry guest at the end :D
Let’s see some vids about Domain-ism, or Phylum-ism, or Genus-ism.
Species-ism is just something made-up by vegans to make themselves feel good and other people feel bad.
Organic farming works: a parasitized tomato horn worm! Horn worms (actually a caterpillar) are the bane of summer. They can defoliate a tomato plant between harvests and are perfectly camouflaged. Luckily, there’s a parasitic wasp that lays it’s eggs on the mature horn worm. Let them hatch, and those wasp will take care of other caterpillars as well. Establishing a parasitic wasp population with purchased wasps (called biocontrol in farmer jargon) is tricky. So finding a parasitized horn worm in the field is like finding a wallet with cash AND a newspaper article about how that grade school bully got caught with a sheep. #schadenfreude #sorrysheep #organicfarming