Glyphosate – How we don’t need it

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Pod cast Farming Today Monday 13th June, 2016

We, at Sustainable Agriculture London, have soil based solutions that  completely sidestep the need for chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.  It’s about feeding the soil enough, with the right food, to make it healthy enough so that it imbibes its health into the plants that grow upon it. “The simple proof of healthy plants is that they are not attacked by pests and disease.” Richard Higgins, Howard lecture, Coventry University, 2009, transcript sent to HRH The Prince of Wales.

The AHDB   (at 2.58 minutes)  licensing of Glyphosate. The general public are increasingly concerned about use of these chemicals.  Paul Temple, in Yorkshire says, “They don’t understand how important they actually are in underpinning the affordability and availability of food that many people take for granted.”

The general public are concerned and rightly so.  Well done the British Public!

Why we have to re learn how to produce food without using poisonous chemicals?

A businessman once said to me: If you were placed in front of two piles of fruit and veg and you were told: This one is grown with toxic poisons and this one is grown without any chemicals at all. Which one would you chose?

The entire farming industry needs to re addressed  so that we don’t have to use these poisons to produce our food. This would be the best scientific research.

In our view the entire farming situation has been going down the wrong path for so many years and is thus, in our view,  out of control in this regard. They would say it’s simply too difficult, or unpracticable to change

From an organic point of view the health of the population can be improved by ceasing to employ poisons to produce food. The  situation is idyosyncratic.

We have solutions that  completely sidestep the need for chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides,  which increase yields and preserve and build the life of the soil, the integrity of Nature and of all species simultaneously.

However mainstream farming is not going to change overnight and there may have to be serious financial losses before change will be sought.

 

Further reading

100 years later… Farming Today

Some of the principles that Howard wrote about 100 years ago are just being talked about in this broadcast of Farming Today. From the Groundswell

A Good Gardeners’ farm

Hidden deep in the hills of the Forest of Dean on the West side of England we have an emerging small demo Eco farm above

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