Milk Production in the UK

We have been hearing that if the British public knew more about how the dairy farmers of the UK will go out of business if the price of milk they are paid to produce goes down any more.

Many members of the public are ready to pay more for their milk to support the industry. How come it has taken this long to come to this conclusion?

Radio interviews with farmers have brought up the subject of manure. Some have said that they apply 40Kg of organic manure to the acre!  A normal dressing of manure has in the past been applied at 10 tons per acre, for normal soil conditions. This is 60 times more manure than has been reported by this one farmer.

How can you possibly expect to prevent pests and diseases in your crops if only this amount of manure is applied to the land especially if you don’t apply any other form of pest and disease management.

The Economics of Farming

The HH-4 compost/fertiliser that we specialise in making on our farm in south Hertfordshire increases the volume of manurial output by 8 times and is 4 times more efficient than applying cow dung. This is how we get pest and disease free crops of all types,. The increased grass production, produces  more milk and the quality of the milk increases. Huge savings are thus made on eliminating all types of other fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides etc.,

Conclusion

If more dairy farmers are put out of business then there will be less of the most valuable commodity in farming – cow dung which makes HH-4. Without this most valuable material the quality and quantity of milk produced will decline and the pest and disease resistance in the animals and all types of crops will fall.

London Seed Saving Festival

In Lambeth, the 11th and 12th October, the seed saving festival is being well attended by a wide cross section of society.

This important event is demonstrating how to feed ourselves without the need for chemicals in farming.

Chemicals in farming systems are destroying the soil and thus the health of the population.

It is a fact that Sulphate of Ammonia (chemical fertiliser) kills earth worms

 Earth Worms create:

5 times more nitrogen

7 times more phosphorus

11 times more potassium

than is found in surrounding soil – therefore farming in general has to learn that these vital living organisms are the key to successful agriculture and the subsequent health of the population.

Guerilla Gardening in Los Angeles

Ron Finlay resident of LA was featured on the BBC world service as a famous guerilla gardener. He found great opposition to his growing fruit and veg in his front garden in south central LA. I think that an array of healthy growing crops is the most beautiful sight, so why shouldn’t one grow food in ones own front garden?

He has presented this TEDX lecture and covers the therapeutic effects that growing your own food has upon ones self. He wants to turn shipping containers into healthy cafe’s. People have written to him from all over the world. He is known as an advocate for people to design and grow their own food. A lot of crime, he says, is due to the lack of opportunity and education about alternative life styles. ‘growing your own food, is like printing your own money.’

HRH the Prince of Wales – on deforestation

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10463211/Prince-Charles-full-speech-on-deforestation-and-climate-change.html

Prince Charles’ full speech on deforestation and climate change

The Prince of Wales has warned about the dangers of failing to take decisive action to reduce deforestation and tackle climate change at the launch of the CDP Global Forests Report. Here is the full text of his speech

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks during the reception launch of CDP's Global Forests Report 2013 at The Royal Society

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks during the reception launch of CDP’s Global Forests Report 2013 at The Royal Society. Photo: GETTY

5:18PM GMT 20 Nov 2013

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am particularly impressed if I may say so to see such a high-powered list of people from the private, public and NGO sectors in this room today all working of course on vital matters to do with tropical forests and climate change, integrated reporting and the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

“You don’t need me to tell you that the importance and urgency of the issues we seek to address require bold and decisive action from all sectors – public and private alike.

“Of course as you may have discussed, the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines should surely have been a poignant and telling reminder of the intimacy and interdependence of man’s relationship with the natural world.

“Funnily enough when we were in India last week I visited the foothills of the Himalayas, a state called Uttarakhand, where they had the most devastating floods earlier in the year and the Chief Minister of that State bent my ear about the disaster and the problems they were having in trying to come to terms with what will probably likely to be even more extreme weather events.

“So all around the world we are faced increasingly with the complications caused by sometimes an inability to take the necessary action.

“Because as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report so clearly tells us, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has increased, and is set further to increase, in many parts of the world, as a direct result of anthropogenic climate change.

“The facts and the science are clear and inescapable you would have thought, and so before us we have a rapidly narrowing window of opportunity – as individuals, as governments, companies, nations, and as an international community – to act with the scale and urgency needed to undertake the transition towards a radically more sustainable and resilient long-term global economic model.

“One vital aspect of a global response to climate change will, I hope, entail international agreement – coupled with decisive action – to reduce emissions from tropical deforestation and degradation, or R.E.D.D. +.

“Three and a half years’ on from the formation of the R.E.D.D.+ Partnership in Oslo, I am delighted to see the progress made by developing countries in decoupling deforestation from agricultural production, and the significant commitments made by many companies to reduce deforestation in their supply chains.

“I am convinced that a global climate agreement in 2015, with provisions for significant international payments for emission reductions from forests and land use change at its heart, would enable all the good work done to date to be consolidated and strengthened.

“I know so many of you in this room today have done a huge amount already, and are doing an enormous amount as it is.

“So new and exciting partnerships to reduce tropical deforestation are continuing to be formed – for instance I understand that later today the U.K. Government, with the U.S., Germany, the World Bank and others will make new announcements.

“But much more needs to be done, as you know better than I, to ensure that R.E.D.D.+ can make the critical contribution that it must.

“As I have mentioned, the role of leadership and practical action from the private sector could not be more vital, and so I very much welcome today’s opportunity to hear from CDP, Unilever, Marks and Spencer and others about the efforts undertaken by many companies to understand and reduce their forest footprint as part of their broader effort to ‘measure what matters’ and to ensure integrated reporting is at the heart of their operations.

“In this context, I have been heartened to hear of the work that Unilever and some of the world’s largest palm oil companies are undertaking to move the industry further in the direction of trade and production free from deforestation and exploitation.

“In all these efforts, I can only congratulate the companies involved for what they have done to date, and hope they don’t mind if I just exhort them – and all others not yet as committed – to do more to think about their impact in an integrated manner, and to sign up to further commitments.

“In the same vein, I would hope Governments will go further in their efforts to develop integrated reporting models to pursue the ‘beyond G.D.P.’ agenda at the national level.

“For in parallel to the climate negotiations, Ladies and Gentlemen, the international community has another enormous challenge before it between now and 2015: to negotiate a new set of highly ambitious post-2015 sustainable development goals, capable both of ‘finishing the unfinished business’ of the Millennium Development Goals, whilst at the same time, equally critically, enabling humanity to live within planetary boundaries and in harmony with the natural environment upon which we so wholly depend.

“Within the Sustainable Development Goals, a vital role for the private sector is envisaged: one in which a wide range of private sector actors – from multinational corporations to small and medium enterprises; pension funds; banks; institutional investors; insurance companies; sovereign wealth funds – can each play a role, through taking a long-term, responsible view in delivering and investing in low carbon development.

“Things like genuinely sustainable cities – not just the “business as usual” model and a coat of “green wash” – and resilient landscapes for people, forests and agriculture: in other words, the private sector’s role in creating ‘the world we wish to see’.

“But we can only do that, I would suggest, in proper consultation with local communities so that things are done with people, rather than to them.

“So I do hope the ideas shared in today’s meeting will be helpful to companies and policymakers involved in these discussions, and I will much look forward to hearing what the Dutch Government’s Ambassador for Private Sector and International Cooperation, Jeroen Roodenburg, will have to say on these matters before we close.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I can only conclude by saying once again how enormously grateful I am that you are here, there is no doubt that your collective, integrated influence and weight are crucial ingredients in delivering the kind of determined action that can transform seemingly endless discussions, debate and negotiation into the safe level resilient and more harmonious world we so urgently need for our children and grandchildren.”

 

Flea Beetle

Farmers in the UK are suffering from the Flea Beetle. The attack of this pest appears like  shotgun wounds on plants and wipes them out.

Farmers interviewed on Farming Today say they don’t want to have to apply more sprays to their oil seed rape to combat this pest as they are now banned from using neonicetinoids, but they are going to have to.

They say they have enough problems with aphids. Up to 25% of a crop can be lost to aphids.

There are no such pests with HH-4

My demo farm, in south Hertfordshire, displays in all weather conditions that we have no such pests by using HH-4 compost/fertiliser. Anyone can make this material on farm and it would save the farmers and the environment and the supermarkets and the consumer vast amounts of money. If only they could see it.

Radio 4 will not entertain me in interview to this effect. – Why?