So hill farmers are going to be given help to access the internet and be paid for conservation (Farming Today March 10). But according to Caroline Spelman these acts of generosity are not so that hill farming can become a sustainable way of living, but to ensure that the farmers can fill in all their forms and, wait for it, become more competitive. As though being competitive should ever be an end in itself. It would surely require an infinite number of markets if all hill farmers were able to compete successfully — otherwise we’re back where we started, with hill farmers unable to survive. This winner takes all mentality will be the end of us all.
- Nature research news: effect of converting grassland to arable on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
- African agricultural growth corridors and the new Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Who really benefits?
- Why genes are not selfish and people are nice
- The Pig Idea: Let them eat waste
- Grafting Timeless Farming Skills on to Modern Techniques
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