Don’t leave farming to robots The Observer Letters page – 24 February 2019

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Jane Rickson, IAgrE President responded to an article in the Sunday Observer.

“While agriculture may need to embrace “cloud-based technologies” etc, many of the innovations hailed as panaceas to the food security/environmental protection dilemma are increasingly disconnected from the finite, natural asset that underpins sustainable agriculture, namely the soil.

As well as the production of food, fodder, fibre and fuel, this overlooked and undervalued national resource provides society with many other vital ecosystem goods and services simultaneously, such as mitigation of climate change, regulation of flooding and droughts, and protection of natural habitats as recognised in Defra’s 25-year environment plan.”

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