Spring, which has now officially turned into summer, is my favourite time of year. The dullness of winter, in terms of colour in the countryside, is replaced by a kaleidoscope of greens as the trees awake from their winter slumber. The wild flowers beneath the trees and along the field edges and roadside verges add to the mosaic. When things really get going, especially the … Continue reading Time to grow your own food.
My May piece for the Henley Standard which came out the day after the local elections were held. It seems food and farming are always in the news at the moment. Consumer inflation for the last period of analysis was 7% whilst inflation in agricultural inputs is just over 24%, pushed up by increases in fuel, fertiliser and animal feed. On the flip side, commodity … Continue reading Farmers cannot be green if they are in the red.
Time to put another view on Glyphosate and neonicotinoid pesticides. Glyphosate, sold as Roundup, is often making the headlines as being the demon pesticide and the cause of all sorts of ills. It is a non-selective, contact herbicide, meaning it will kill most plants. Pure glyphosate is low in toxicity, however products usually contain other substances that help the glyphosate get into the plants and … Continue reading Another Opinion on Pesticides