Mr. Crabtree Crusades

An ecology-minded comic strip from the UK.

The apple that Ted picks for Peter is not a model of perfection. Nature has had its way with it and has put on it the marks that come from attacks of insects and other things—but has also put into it the sweet taste that apples should have. The tree it comes from is old and gnarled, and is part of the garden that Ted keeps so that he and his family can have food they can enjoy. "Anyway," Ted says, "the insects wouldn't go for those market apples. They like something with a bit of taste too." Ted has hens running under the fruit trees. "None of your battery eggs for us," he says, "we like good natural eggs too." That works out two ways—they have their free-range eggs, and the hens' droppings keep the trees fertilized.