I came across this vision of loveliness in my collection today and it got me thinking, looking so closely at a strawberry, how surprising biodiversity really is. Imagine a car with that exterior, or a lounge or a pair of shoes! And, sure in that mysterious (except to marketing executives) place of what’s coming next (The Future), a strawberry might look completely different. Will they be orange at Halloween or glow in the dark on July 4, or be grown as big as a fist and called a Strapple? At any rate, Venus must have looked a picture of loveliness (or possibly discomfort) crying strawberries for the loss of Adonis and inadvertently paving the way for the greatest smoothie of all. What troubles me is why profit has paved the way for poison. Strawberries are in the top 10 fruits requiring the most pesticides to grow them on an industrial level, it seems. The two fumigants used on soils for growing strawberries I researched from a possible 50, had alternate uses as rat poison (methyl bromide) and a toxic gas from WW1 (chloropicrin)! It’s ironic how “Organic” is treated like something new but the strawberry in the picture grew up on sunlight, water and clean garden soil, quite successfully.