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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Dust Bath Dilemma

This afternoon my heart was touched by a little brown bird dusting itself in the oatmeal that I had spilled on my patio for the birds. I had assumed they would eat the oatmeal, but apparently the oatmeal smelled so good and felt so soft that one little bird decided to take a dust bath in it. Perhaps it thought that it would become particularly fragrant and attractive to its flock mates.

Then I remembered why I had dumped the oatmeal out. Quaker Oats, which I had trusted and enjoyed all of my long life, had been “sued over glyphosate found in its 'all natural' oats... the truth is starting to come out about widespread glyphosate contamination of the food supply.”* So I had replaced it with a truly organic brand of oatmeal. Then without thinking about it I had put out the Quaker Oats for the birds. Now the question was would the birds develop cancer, or would they live out their naturally short lifespan before developing cancer, or would the glyphosate effect them genetically and defect their hatchlings, or was it a trace issue of insignificance? There was no way for me to know. I tried to simply enjoy the little bird’s oatmeal dust bath, it certainly did.

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Caption: Purple Ribbon For A Little Bird

collage by Annmarie Throckmorton 2014

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