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100 harvests left in british soil


 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:05 pm    Post subject: 100 harvests left in british soil Reply with quote

Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing 'agricultural crisis'

Intense over-farming means there are only 100 harvests left in the soil of the UK’s countryside, a study has found.

With a growing population and the declining standard of British farmland, scientists warned that we are on course for an “agricultural crisis” unless dramatic action is taken.

Despite the traditional perception that there is a green and pleasant land outside the grey, barren landscape of our cities, researchers from the University of Sheffield found that on average urban plots of soil were richer in nutrients than many farms.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-facing-agricultural-crisis-as-scientists-warn-there-are-only-100-harvests-left-in-our-farm-soil-9806353.html

doesn't surprise me at all; i'm forever amazed at fields i see in north county dublin which still have standing water days after the last decent rain - and standing water which is not far from the nearest ditch. the soil must be horribly compacted.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something else for me to worry about, Instead of telling us the problems can we have some positivity,
No wind farms, No nuclear power, No overhead power lines, no intensive farming,
No to planting more forestry,Soil erosion, eruptions, ozone, Acid rain, Ive been walking recently and am doing a project on signs,
No trespassing, No dogs, No bikes, No camping, No admittance. No Camp fires, No litter, No horse riding, No mountain bikes, No motor bikes, No admission, Keep off, Keep out, No crossing, No photography, No running, No Jumping, No x ( See Pic) No NO NO......................................
I think Ill bring my own signs Welcome, say hello, Stop to Chat.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The positives, in the longer term, are on the Earth's side. If we continue to screw up our environment in the pursuit of 'wealth', comfort, growth (whatever that is) and more of everything, Mother Earth will shrug us off and allow some other stream of life the room to evolve.

The positive, in the short term, is that we have about two decades to try to get it right for our grandchildren. We cannot reverse the damage already done.

See Naomi Klein, 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism v the Climate'.
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