The Killing Of The Countryside Paperback – 5 Mar 1998
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"A brave, much-needed book" (Guardian)
"I fully support this book's profound and Blake-like charge, which is laid not just against the mere farmers and the agricultural community, but against our whole society" (John Fowles The Sunday Times)
"A scathing attack... He explodes the myth of cheap food with a few simple statistics that even the dimmest politician should be able to grasp, and shows rural Britain devastated by the politics of unthinking subsidy" (New Statesman)
"A modern Grapes of Wrath... I have seldom read a more meticulous and devastating case for the prosecution" (The Times)
"Absolute dynamite... It's so invigorating to hear the case for truly sustainable, countryside-friendly agriculture mappd out so passionately" (BBC Wildlife)
'A foreceful, informed and authoritative account of farming and the countryside' - Spectator
Winner of the BP Natural World Book Award
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70% of UK consumed organic produce is currently imported. The subsidy for organic conversion is about 1/4 of the production subsidy for intensive farming. This years Uk Government Organic Conversion Fund ran out of money after 6 months. They apparently received a very large number of conversion applications - good news I think.
A well written and apparently well researched book that puts the point across, although perhaps a little repetitive in places. Well worth a read for an ecologist or land manager or for anyone interested in the plight of todays countryside.
I'm glad I did. I learnt an awful lot, a surprising amount in fact, much of which I was largely ignorant of. Graham Harvey makes extremely clear in this book the unbelievable damage the flawed use of farm subsidies has done to our land, farming communities and food chain. In this book Graham Harvey looks at the changes in our countryside and farming practices pre and post the WWII watershed. It shines the spotlight on the period of greatest change (post 1945 onwards) in how we farm and tend the land, so although the book ends in 1997, the end point is irrelevant.Read more ›
Before the war we had half a million small mixed farms, supporting a million workers and abundant wildlife. But in 1947 the Agriculture Act introduced a subsidy system that rigged the food market and started the relentless industrialisation of agriculture. By paying farmers solely for the amount of food they produce and the number of animals they can fit into a field, we have created a monstrous intensive system of food factories.
As a result we have lost almost all our natural habitats, replacing them with a sterile monoculture soaked with chemicals and hostile to all forms of life. We are still losing 10,000 miles of hedgerow each year. Most farmers have been driven out of business, and now only a handful of farm workers are employed. The only winners in the whole sorry mess have been the small number of large farmers who remain, and the chemical companies who supply them. They are understandably resistant to any change in the status quo.
To add insult to injury, each of us pays several hundred pounds a year in taxes to support this crazy system, and that's ignoring hidden costs like that of cleaning up our water supply to get rid of nitrates from chemical fertilisers. We are paying to destroy our countryside.
OK, the book makes some points more than once, and could do with being restructured and shortened. But so what? This is so important to anyone who cares about our countryside. Buy it and just read the first chapter if you want to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book . I learnt a lot about saving the Countryside and found this inspirational. I will be trying to save the countryside.Published on 1 April 2013 by K. Wood
A brilliant read. I love a good book. There is nothing better than emersing yourself in a really good read.Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Mrs. L. M. Andrew
This book exposes long held myths about farms and farming. As well as questioning a popular belief in a benign tenure of the land, Harvey also focuses on partnerships between... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2011 by Peter Blyth
This book is well worth reading and contains a wealth of interesting material. On the downside it is exceedingly long, repetitive and poorly structured. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2001 by Peter Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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