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Our Foood, Our Land - Why Contemporary Farming Practices Must Change.

OUR FOOD, OUR LAND - WHY CONTEMPORARY FARMING PRACTICES MUST CHANGE by Richard Body. 329 pages with index. Price: 18.99 [pounds] hard bound or 12.99 [pounds] soft cover. (UK: Random Century Group Ltd).

Mr Body in a Member of the UK Parliament and for many years has wanted to see changes in the way we produce our food in the UK. Many of our activities have coloured his views. On the one hand we have the complex problem of guaranteed farm prices, then there are been the various food 'scares', the potential over- use of pesticides and the problem of food surpluses. Another problem that is beginning to surface in the UK farming business is that of soil erosion. One would have thought there were enough well documented cases of problems brought about in the past in this area but no, we are still busy cutting down hedgerows to create more ideal conditions for soil erosion to occur.

In general, the population at large expects to be able to purchase good, safe food at reasonable prices. The author argues that we are a long way from that ideal, what with all the wasteful subsidies, the over-use of fertilisers, the consequent damage to our water supplies and the very real long term damage to out very soil's structure.

'Going organic' may be a more sensitive way of going about things but the author, who is a farmer himself, is sure that the remedies for the problems we now encounter are in our own hands. Cosy systems like the Common Agricultural Policy must be altered - it is distorting all pricing. It seems obvious to many but perhaps the political will is just not there. Mr Body's book challenges us to look behind the apparently successful facade of the whole agri-business to see how we can improve not only this nation's food supply but even that of other countries as well.
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Date:May 1, 1991
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