COHESION: BUGS, SOIL, FUNGUS
The insects and fungus in, on, and under the soil are vital to our continued existence. Yet those organisms are facing extinction because of ecosystem contamination, environmental degradation, and climate change. In South Africa, signs are posted along highways to warn drivers to protect dung beetle habitat and pathways. Similarly, in the United States, the rusty patched bumblebee, a major pollinator, is now officially listed as endangered. Our issue Cohesion aims to illuminate these often forgotten kingdoms and attempts to show how interwoven, connected, and dependent humans are on them.
Cockroach - Ryan Kresge
"Matt is in the kitchen chopping carrots. I start to walk past him to get to the living room, but the Tupperware container on the counter stops me. Something is moving in it . . ."
"Goats hate being trapped in the barn. So do I. The smell of manure is strong, and the goats are hungry and rowdy. Green pasture is visible just beyond the barn door . . ."