Acting on land

3 thoughts on “Acting on land”

  1. A scatter gun of ideas, concepts and inspiration there Rob.
    I enjoyed that.
    I’m certainly keen to integrate our small farm with as much wildlife as I can, although I believe we have rather a lot already.
    I am also worried about the future and our ability to make it stack up financially.
    I think many farmers are thinking the same thing and that is why there is so much nervousness about the Ag Bill.

    Someone has to pay for the true cost of food. I really think it is as simple as that.

  2. Rob Hi! This is fascinating. Great detail and a historic picture that we rarely see. The context indeed.

    So, yes, farmers will have to change. Again. Irrespective of whether or not that makes sense to them.
    The two issues (as it seems to me) are a/ – surviving financially b/ – doing the ‘right thing’.

    From a farming point of view, I still don’t regard growing food as something separate from looking after nature, because ultimately they are two sides of the same coin.

    The way we have to balance doing the ‘right thing’ with financial survival, which is a modern, man-made problem, entirely separate from nature.
    In food production today, at one end of the spectrum, rapacious greed pays and at the other end of the spectrum, the small/family farmer will do what it takes to stay in farming.

    I have to mention the failure of politicians to address damage caused by a small number of gigantic, global commodity traders who control pretty much everything that used to be operated at a smaller scale/local level.
    These giant traders operate from the farm level, all the way to food manufacturing. They provide seed, fertilizer and agrochemicals to growers, and buy agricultural outputs and store them in their own facilities. They act as landowners, cattle and poultry producers, food processers, transportation providers, and providers of financial services in commodity markets.
    These giant trading companies have been integral to the transformation of food production. It seems truly crazy at this point in time that, whilst moorland farmers grapple with public goods, these traders are reaping the rewards of every small farmer going out of business.

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