Daily Archives: April 3, 2010

Tourism and farming

It is said that tourism is a bigger part of the economy than agriculture – but agriculture is the rock on which tourism survives.

Without farming fields would disappear under thistles.  Moorlandwould be taken over by bracken.

This sight of thistles and bracken would not attract holiday makers

And you know what farmers actually do produce food you eat.

Farming and food employ 3.6 million people and contribute £80 billion to the economy

The countryside  provides  food.  One of it’s purposes – to feed us all.  We are one of the most crowded countries in the world.  We are ten times more populated than France and America

The countryside you see is shaped and looked after by farmers. The stone walls and hedges which mark the boundaries of fields.

The fields are filled with corn, sheep, cattle, planted with grass to feed stock or corn – food

The land must be protected

There is a rising  world poopulation.  We are losing land because of house building, desertification, salination and biofuel production, It has been predicted that climate change will mean less food being produced.   The cost of fertiliser and pesticides are rising – if they were not used then there would be less food than there is now. 

We do have a food crisis here in Britain even though it does not seem so.  We are not self sufficient in food.  China is self sufficient in food.  Nearly half of the food we eat is brought in from overseas

We rely so much on food from beyond these shores.  I think we should have reserves of grain.  Whatever it cost to store this grain would be cheap compared to what could happen if the grain harvest ever failed.

In all this we should never forget that it is Mother Earth that has the final say


Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth

If people spit upon the ground they spit upon themselves.  This we know.

The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs tothe  Earth.  This we know.

All things are conneted like the blood which unites one family.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth

Human beings did not weave the web of life;  they are merely a strand in it.  Whatever they do so the web they do to themselves

Chief Seathl, Tribal Confederation1854



Would it be a good idea to move away from the idea of cheap food.  Let me know what you think



This is a story – it is a factual story of different types of birds migrating

“On nights when strong moonlight framed deep shadows over fields and woods, small warblers were seen to migrate towards the moon – as if intent on proving Charles Morton had at least something of a case!  Ideal conditions for migration proved to be clear calm nights when the stars were shining, though without such brilliance that the eyes were dazzled.

The fact that far more small song birds migrate by night than by day has generally been thought to be due to the need to escape maurauding predators.   Recently it has been suggested that the birds may find navigation by night more reliable than day time flying by the sun, though we cannot exclude the possibility that even in daylight they may seek guidance from the stars and moon.”

And so the book goes on with stories which always include bird migration,  Dunkirk is mentioned as are shepherds and stockmen striding across the marshes.  It’s such an interesting book and was published in 1961

I recommend you read it