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Funds are needed for progress in farming, Lynn News letters


By Lynn News Reporter


The farmer says that in the USA, some farmers have been using this system for over 30 years.

The result has been that their soils have been enriched, their crops have increased and they have not needed fertiliser. I used to live in Chipping Barnet which has a suburb, Arkley where there is a farm, Arkley Manor Farm, whose former owner, the late E.W. Cooper was an enthusiastic promoter of the ‘no dig garden’.

He wrote pamphlets advocating this method of gardening and the farmers have taken it one step further. His theory was that by digging/ploughing one destroys the natural forces that would normally replenish the soil. He was a fervent advocate of composting.

There are two issues raised while considering a change of farming practice. Firstly, investment through subsidies from either UK government and/or, if available, from the EU.

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Ploughing. (7395239)

According to reports on BBC’s Countryfile, farmers are having a tough time getting money due to them from Defra in certain projects. So, the chance of a Tory government supporting this change is negligible.

Secondly, there is the influence of multinationals like Bauer-Monsanto on the Tory UK Government who sell their carcinogenic chemicals as fertilisers. However, it is worth having a close study into this farming practice: anecdotal evidence is not enough. If we want healthy and plenty of good food, the farmers need the support through government or EU finance to progress.

I admire our farmers because they have embraced high standards but I acknowledge that in era of governance which ‘knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing’ there is little sympathy from the Tories.

I also doubt that Farage can see beyond his Brexit, beer and fags can make an argument for such funding should he be returned as an MEP.

No, their concern is keeping the global corporation shareholders happy, by filling their pockets with our taxes. One positive is that certainly, as an allotment holder, Mr Corbyn, in microcosm, will have some appreciation of this issue. Another reason to vote Labour, to support our progressive farmers.

Mike Larcey

Downham



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