Monday, August 26, 2013

Supply Chain Economics

When I went for my morning walk, I saw that bees had already set up shop on the edge of the hayfields where sweet clover and sunflowers flourish next to the irrigation pipe.

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to calculate how many critters receive nourishment from one sunflower. Its nectar nourishes a number of bees and, ultimately, honey-eating humans. Its seeds will feed many birds and mice this fall. At least a few of those seeds will probably scatter, escape notice, and produce next summer’s flowers, which will supply nectar and seeds to new generations of pollinators, birds, and rodents—and more honey.

For wildlife, one sunflower is a combination farm and Walmart!

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”

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