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Nature_and_Environment.104

The Food and Farming Transition

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.10}: ... {wren1111} Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:07:52 CST (HTML)

Now my farm will help teach the world to live without oil

"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1145431/Now-farm-help-teach- world-live-oil-says-woman-banished-plastic-bags-town.html"

As much as I would love him to, Dad can't carry on farming forever, so I recently decided it was time to return to what I think of as the most beautiful spot on Earth. I was under no illusion that being a farmer would be easy, but last year's fuel crisis, with oil prices continually rising, was a wake- up call for me.

Our costs went through the roof - animal feed, diesel for the tractors, agricultural contractor bills - but the biggest rise was in the price of fertiliser. We use very little chemical fertiliser, but many farms were driven to bankruptcy.

With this in mind, I decided to make one last BBC documentary to find out if, and how, modern farming could survive the 21st Century.

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