Monday, September 5, 2011

Pollination, Food, and Life

This short clip from the film, "Wings of Life" by Louis Schwartzberg, reveals the little-known, seldom seen support system on which our life fundamentally relies:

Creatures that feed and frolic in the flora, spreading pollen; the movement of pollen that somehow manages to reach its intended destination; the proliferation of plants that feed all living things--a splendid display of color, sound and movement, choreographed spontaneously with unparalleled grace and beauty.

Can you imagine? This incredible dance is what makes our entire food system work. Each of these tiny, fragile creatures, merely by pursuing their individual needs, participates in the nourishment of all other creatures. That's not even counting the many wingless creatures, in the ground and in the foliage, that play unique and irreplaceable roles in the grand design. What a world we live in!

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