I am a little bemused by Peter Le Mare’s letter ‘Organic Farming: Science Or Faith?’ (Issue 308).

As a farmer I am well aware that adding farm-stock manures and/or chemical fertilisers is far from a natural treatment for soils. Much of that which soil scientists have promoted to “improve” soils has actually led to the denaturing and destruction of soils. The very word ‘management’ implies alteration from a natural state, as a consequence of which the use of nitrates and other chemicals ...


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