The Irish are so good at ploughing, one grudging ploughman told me, because they don’t have anything better to do at the weekend. A more plausible explanation is that, unlike in most countries, ploughing retains a certain status in Ireland. The national championship – known simply as the Ploughing – is a major annual event, presided over by 84-year-old Anna May McHugh, Queen of the Ploughing (the title of her memoir, published last year). The queen’s daughter, Anna Marie, is now the general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, and in the ploughing world there is a general sense of the Irish being in charge, of Ireland being the sport’s natural home. The Ploughing isn’t a novelty activity, but one of the largest outdoor events in Europe, attended by almost 300,000 people over three days. Politicians turn up, knowing it’s a helpful place to be seen. Dubliners come for a day out. There is sponsorship from major brands such as Aldi and … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
While the debate continues over the use of advanced genetic and chemical crop-enhancers, technology is opening a whole new direction for food production, which will take farming away from the farm. Robotics and drones are reducing the need for humans to be on the land, while vertical farming, in which vegetables can be grown in sunless warehouses using LED lighting, gene editing and metagenics – the engineering of specific enzymes or proteins – are coming up with new definitions of food. According to a recent report by the thinktank RethinkX, within 15 years the rise of cell-based meat, which is made of animal cells grown in a bioreactor, will bankrupt the US’s huge beef industry, at the same time removing the need to grow soya and maize for feed. By 2035, the report predicts, an area a quarter of the size of the continental US “will be freed for other uses”. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
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