11 December 2019

How to over-heat a planet

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Earth

 

Take a landscape of small, sustainable farms, thriving village communities and diverse wildlife populations.

  • Fell the trees and woodlands

  • Rip out the hedges

  • Sow the empty, prairie-like landscape with annual crops like cereals and oilseeds

  • Plaster them with chemical fertilisers and pesticides

  • Take grazing animals and poultry out of the fields and confine them to sheds

  • Drive tens of thousands of skilled workers and farmers from the land

  • Use taxpayers’ money to maintain a surplus of cheap commodity grains so you undermine the market for real, nutritious food

  • Plant trees, shrubs and wild-flowers in a few field corners to give the impression of saving wildlife

  • Watch soils eroding down rivers while their carbon compounds get oxidised to greenhouse gas

Congratulations. You’ve just read a summary of Britain’s post-World War Two farming policy. Now here’s how to cool the over-heated planet we’ve created

  • Plant trees and hedges and create small fields

  • Sow flower-filled, herby pastures and let the animals and poultry range over them

  • Open up the countryside to environmentally-aware people to run the new-old system

  • Watch the wildlife roaring back

  • Watch soils grow deeper and wetter as they take carbon from the atmosphere and hold more moisture

  • Enjoy real, nutrient-rich foods for the first time in ages

  • Celebrate the new landscape of small, sustainable farms, thriving village communities and diverse wildlife populations

Note for rural policy-makers: You now know what to do.

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