Although South American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay are expected to add 11m hectares to the global agricultural inventory between 2018 and 2027, in part by destroying the rainforests, agriculture’s footprint in the developed world is already decreasing, with “more land now being abandoned from agriculture than converted to it”, according to a recent study by the University of Minnesota. Already, as parliament has heard, a lot of British hill farmers are not being replaced when they retire. As a child in London, I heard my mother’s stories of growing up as the daughter of farmers on the Canadian Prairies. There was no Roundup weedkiller, though I’m sure my mother and her siblings, bent double to pick weeds from a field of mustard, would have appreciated it. For my own children, urbanites to their bones, their grandmother’s upbringing must be hard to conceive. Farming is retreating even from the imaginative capacity of most Britons. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
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Boyles sometimes compares the sport to snooker. Once underway, the ploughman is trapped in singular, introverted concentration. John Hill, a ploughing grandee, three-time world champion and current chair of the British Society of Ploughmen, compared it to figure skating – you start from a point of perfection and lose points for mistakes that are as obvious and irredeemable as a sprawl on the ice. The sport’s authorities seemed to borrow from the Tour de France. At the end of the first day’s ploughing, the leading ploughman in each class is given a yellow jersey to wear the next day. To my eyes, ploughing’s closest relation was MasterChef. There seemed to be a similar mix of elements – time pressure, an activity undertaken simultaneously but separately from your rivals, your fate ultimately dependent on the subjective tastes of the judges. This comparison never seemed to resonate particularly well with the ploughmen. … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
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Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said further snow showers are forecast for Wednesday across western Scotland and Northern Ireland, adding, "and by this stage the air cold enough that we could even see some snow coming down to lower levels, even as far south as the South West". … [Read more...] about UK weather: Atlantic jet stream could bring snow to southern England this week