The tree in my front yard gets completely covered in white blossoms every spring.
I don’t know what kind of tree it is but it sure is pretty in the spring.
A few days ago I was sitting in my living room just enjoying the beauty of the tree when I noticed bees flying around in it.
There was at least a dozen in there filling themselves up on all the blossoms.
I was happy to see them there until I realized that my vehicle was on the other side of that bee filled tree.
Oh well, I managed to get past the tree without getting the visitors upset.
Seeing those bees and knowing that they are not as common a sight as they used to be got me thinking of one of my pet peeves again, chemicals.
Chemicals that are being sprayed all over the lands, chemicals that kill off the wildflowers and things that the bees need for food, chemicals that make the bees sick and die.
We don’t want to even think about what would happen if we don’t have bees.
We have chemicals all over our foods too, from seed to table our food gets layered with chemicals.
The producers think they have to do it to make money, so they spray one chemical over the fields to get rid of weeds so they can get a bigger crop.
Next they spray to get rid of any insects that might damage the crop, and then they spray even more chemicals to make the crop grow faster and bigger.
All these chemicals cost a small fortune and it makes me wonder how much they really boost the profits.
I certainly do not think they do anything to boost the flavour of the product.
Young people are probably tired of hearing that things just don’t taste as good as they used to, but they really do not.
Veggies really do not have the same full flavour they used to have. Part of it could be they are just grown too quickly and harvested too soon so they don’t ripen slowly and fully.
Another thing that messes with the flavour is now everything has to be so sanitized that the veggies all end up with a bleach flavour.
I hate bleached potatoes.
It makes me sad to think that there are young people who will never know what a tomato really tastes like.
They will think those tasteless red balls they buy in the grocery store are the real thing.
I am just grateful that I have friends who still plant a garden and share their bounty with me.
by Lois Perepelitz