Russell Warfield is wrong to say that “it was only really a coincidence that [the Soil Association] was founded around the sharp rise in intensified agriculture in the hungry aftermath of the second world war” (‘Farm Campaigner Breaking New Ground’, Resurgence & Ecologist 294). On the contrary, the organic movement was in large part a response to ideas about the future of farming promoted before the war by agricultural scientists such as C.S. Orwin and Sir Daniel Hall. These influential voices favoured large specialised units, rapid mechanisation ...


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