Last month my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Iowa, a state in the mid-western United States. We were surprised at how non-existent such wasteland is there. As far as the eye can see neat fields of corn or soybeans fill the landscape. The grass along the road side is not allowed to get out of control; most farmers cut and bale it into hay. All this cultivation looks pleasing to the eye, but something is missing. There are very few birds or butterflies to be seen as you drive along these paved roads where light traffic is the norm.
|Corn and soybean crops; the grass at the side of the road is also baled as hay.|
|Biodiversity in ... an abandoned gravel pit.|