Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.


Those of us who are beekeepers rightly love our bugs. Chances are, we don’t spend too much time thinking about other bugs. Scott R. Shaw does. He’s a professor and curator of the Insect Museum at the University of Wyoming. He’s also author of Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects. He’sContinue reading “Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.”

The perils — and lack of income — of today’s small farmer outlined in NYT op-ed article


Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer (http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/), says that one of the first rules of small farming is this: Make sure you have an income that doesn’t come from farming. Those sentiments and more were echoed by Bren Smithaug in a New York Times op-ed piece titled Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers. Smithaug,Continue reading “The perils — and lack of income — of today’s small farmer outlined in NYT op-ed article”

New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees


When a majordomo in the mass media pays some attention to bees, we try to take note. This week it was the New York Times, which has been paying quite a bit of attention to the plight of honeybees in our current difficult environment. The author is Mark Winston, a biologist and the director of theContinue reading “New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees”