the land can’t take it anymore

Amongst all the debate and discussion of the recent floods, there was an interesting piece in the Sunday Times pointing the finger at the unusually heavy rains – of course – but also at the way we treat our landscape.

“In our rush for cut-price diets we have created a wipe-down agricultural landscape empty of hedges and trees,” writes Richard Girling. “Where, for convenience, land is too often ploughed in the direction of the slope rather than across it. Instead of retaining water, every furrow becomes a channel that sluices it downhill.”

Girling’s call for us to think seriously about working with the landscape, rather than trying to impose our concrete will upon it, has much in common with the approach of organic farmers, who work with nature rather than against it, and it’s a compelling argument.

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