Land Crisis in Vernon

Yesterday I showed you an image of an apple crisis. Here it is again, from a different angle.

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People are so hungry to connect with a farmer over a supermarket that they will pay an industrial farmer as much for his cull apples as they would pay for his good ones at a produce store, and half what they’d pay in a supermarket itself. The only thing is, he’s an industrial farmer, and not, perhaps, the thing they wish to support. For instance, that fence? It prevents deer from migrating up and down the hills, as they need to do, and forces them to wander through neighbourhoods, where they get labelled “problem deer” and get shot. As for the land itself, look:

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Yes, mud. A tractor made that, hauling those apples out. This is what has been created out of this grassland soil after a hundred years: hard-packed, water repelling mud. 10,000 years of soil creation has been negatedĀ in 100 years. I don’t think that’s what people wish to pay for either. I think that an adjustment will come: either farmers will get the idea, or people will. That it all has to happen within an industrial metaphor makes it harder. Those are, however, only human issues. For the land, the issue is clear: stop this or the land will die.

2 thoughts on “Land Crisis in Vernon

    • Yes. They aren’t certified for organic use generally, but are considered otherwise safe as any soil not deficient in phosphorous won’t deliver them into plants. So, I suppose a consistent application of artificial fertilizers will take care of that. The soil and the groundwater, in the long term, of course, are a different matter, but usually below the radar of regulation. It’s funny, isn’t it. Apple trees actually have built in posts, unless one grafts them onto shrubs from swamps in Holland, that can tolerate wet feet and are also dwarfed. It’s time to develop some malus fuscas, which are native, love wet feet, in fact love standing water, and have nice trunks. A bit incompatible, but that could be solved with some research.

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