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Today’s talking point


WITH world supplies of grain threatened by the war in Ukraine, you might think every inch of agricultural land elsewhere would be utilised.  

Not so in woke and eco-obsessed Britain – here, the Government is actually paying farmers not to grow anything on their acres in the pursuit of so-called ‘rewilding’.  

The scheme has made it worthwhile for someone to buy a farm and – instead of facing constant dawn to dusk hard work – simply do nothing.  

They can just sit back watching Nature reclaim the land and at the end of the season there’ll be a golden harvest not of vital crops, but of taxpayers’ cash.  

Of course, those with an agenda see the threatened grain shortage differently. Greenpeace says it is a chance to reduce ‘factory’ farming of cereal-fed livestock, lessening consumption of meat and dairy products and enabling more ‘ecological’ production. That’s all very well, but the bottom line is that people need adequate food, ‘ecological’ or not.

Laudable as rewilding may be for helping vulnerable flora and fauna, surely it’s short-sightedness to let perfectly good growing land go to waste at a time like this – especially when vast areas of our countryside have already been despoiled by the ill thought-out spread of wind turbines and solar farms.  

Let us know what you think about this, or anything else on your mind.  

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