Bananas

Gorilla Gardening. Food for thought…

Bee-Nuts

Cartoon 255Guerrilla gardening must be the most benign form of environmental protest; just find some under-utilised land and plant some flowers. So much more constructive than the vandalism embraced by some eco-warriors.

Aside from the obvious pun, I find this cartoon depressing. Our two gorillas have had their habitat reduced to an urban roundabout (traffic circle), but resignation, plentiful bananas and an iPad have reduced them to apathetic torpor. Only the thought that there may be no more bananas galvanises them to take action.

But it’s tokenism. It will take more than a spot of urban gardening to protect our wild pollinators. Sustainable land management is essential.

Our gorillas needn’t have worried. Bees will take nectar from banana flowers, but cultivated bananas don’t need pollination.

Some believe the way to solve the pollinator crisis is to develop more self-fertilising and parthenocarpic fruits. They must be bananas!

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About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a geophysicist who also does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with a popular blog at www.badbeekeeping.com. Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site: miksha.com.
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One Response to Bananas

  1. BeeNuts says:

    Thanks for re-blogging, Miksha.

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