Posted: 13/03/2017 at 11:24
How attitudes change, way back my Dad a real old style Gardener made his own sprays for various uses, Bourdeaux Mixture which was copper sulphate and slaked lime, sprays of soap mixtures his own invention, slaked lime on the soil where brassicas were to be grown and torching, going round at night with a bucket and picking slugs and snails off the plants. After the war there was a severe shortage of food, things were rationed that had not been during the war that went on into the 50's. The idea then was the same amount of land growing much more produce hence the Chemical explosion. You cannot blame Farmers and Gardeners who 'saw the increase in foodstuff from the same acreage but had no idea it was lethal. I personally saw DDT sprayed on people coming off boats from Europe, luckily I was the man on the machine gun well back from the noxious clouds of dust the other lads were puffing over everybody, we had no idea though I knew it could not be good standing there for hours in clouds of the stuff. Farmers were rewarded for producing more by any means people needed food, those who raised voices against it declared weirdoes'. PT was giving out the message we all took for granted at the time, you must remember the UK had been importing a large percentage of the food we ate from even the first world war and suddenly it was not there. I saw hedge rows torn out woods chopped down for extra land to grow food and that was PT's generation.
I read an article this week where to feed the mass of people on this earth we have to go back to chemical agriculture, Organic growing takes up too much extra land and costs too much extra for the very poor struggling to eat, where do we go from here then.