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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said good guy. I think the economics of farming is loony toons.As an example of this, I took four rescue hens that were being given away last year. They were in awful condition-no feathers, starved and freaked out. I don'tthink the farmer was a cruel person, the difference between your 7000 hens laying 300+ eggs a year and them laying less is the profit/economic survival. My fear is that, through lack of cooperation by state agencies and others, that we are moving further away from sustainable systems.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:13 pm    Post subject: Surprise surprise Reply with quote

I took these photos today while walking less than a mile from my house. I think they illustrate well the points I made in my earlier post. These are two adjacent fields planted with winter barley, together with the road verge beside them which has required frequent attention from the council to keep the drains clear. There is nothing in the soil in these fields to hold the soil particles together.
One of the best books on the environment and climate change I have come across in recent times is Naomi Klein 's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs Climate Change. " I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who cares about what is happening; especially interesting is the final section of the book where she writes about changes in how we do things that already are, or have the potential to, make a difference.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting your photos Good guy. Is that run off not just coming from where the headlands are cut up though?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. It is silt washed down the field. Last year it was much worse, I think probably because the field was used for potatoes and was left with nothing growing at all through the winter.
I've lived at this address for more than twenty years and never saw this kind of run-off until three years ago. In previous years, crops grew successfully right up to the field boundary as this used to be reasonably well drained land. The headlands were always quite narrow. No machinery has been on this land since it was sown.
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