Posted: 20/11/2014 at 01:19
Please take some time to come to West Wales then; you will see so much wildlife and mixed farming. Take a look at the Pembrokeshire Birdblog in the interim.
Crops that go to animal feed do put food on the table, and milk in the fridge, obviously; maybe you only eat vegetables but most people eat meat. And some of us only eat home-produced meat, and then not from supermarkets.
Many farmers are young and ambitious and they would be insulted to think of themselves as victims of the economic situation. And they sell to supermarkets. If the supermarkets sell 70 percent of what we buy, someone must supply them, or everything would have to be imported.
The countryside is in many respects artificial. Farmers planted the hedges and the recently planted trees, and dug out the ponds. We may decry their disappearance, but luckily we have the money and leisure to replace them in our gardens.
Here in Wales farmers have to get permission to remove a hedge if they are in an ecological scheme. Is there nothing like that in Essex? Sadly more damage is wrought by councils mowing verges unnecessarily because local residents complain about grass encroaching. With luck the economic situation will put a stop to that.