CFN – Red, as we affectionately call our frequent visitor these days, has been eating us out of house and home. We are a hospitable bunch, chez nous, however this behavior has given us pause to wonder why Red, normally an elusive soul has been dropping in so often. We have extended an open invitation however his ferocious appetite has made us look into what may be going on in Red’s world which has prompted this very apparent and cause for concern “change of routine”.
So we made a point to visit Red’s home and were shocked by the vision. His neighbourhood has been completely obliterated. Nary a bush, tree or fence line left to behold. Seems like an army had brandished their way through the neighbourhood leaving neither a place to rest or hide nor the gardens where Red and his family nourished themselves. It was as if a typhoon or tsunami had completely obliterated the life that once sustained Red.
And where is this you might be asking yourself. You don’t have to look far folks. It is happening all around you. These images were taken in South Glengarry, yesterday. Take a little trip into the country side. Land is being clear cut making way for the monoculture monster.
Progress you say…I say RAPE! Isn’t there a saying that says something to the affect “that man cannot live on bread alone”? How are the bees, butterflies, birds and foxes to sustain themselves on these huge tracts of corn and soya? We have heard it said that “farmers feed cities”…however the blatant, unrespecting, unloving acts of raping our lands of diverse life to sustain the lives of the wildlife and people of this area is absolutely, unequivocally appalling. Where are our furred and feathered friends to lay their heads if we can’t even give them the small courtesy of leaving them some hedge rows to survive?
It is with a saddened heart that I share these images. I have great respect and admiration for the farmer who works 24/7 with respect and kindness for the living earth he toils and the animals he lovingly raises. This however is not that. This is not the work of a “farmer who feeds cities”. This is only one thing…this is the work of someone who is only concerned with lining his/her wallet. This work makes me disgusted to be part of the human race.
So perhaps you’re wondering about Red? Well our tenacious, vocal little red squirrel visitor and friend have been picking away at our black walnut crop and occasionally raid the bird feeder for some sunflower seeds. I would imagine they miss the solitude of their old tree lined homestead and are regrouping figuring out what their best course of action is before the new little ones arrive next year. I am hoping they find a space that is quiet, where there are many trees to jump about with holes that will provide cover and food for them, and for their extended furry and feathered family. Most of all, I hope they find a well bushed and treed area that is looked after by a person who understands the premise of co-flourishing and that this person’s well intentioned actions soften the heart and ways of the person whose land now sits void of the diversity which supports the circle of life.
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