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Famine in England

Nature volume 141, pages 10361037 (11 June 1938) | Download Citation



LIFE in Britain has carried a commercial and industrial bias for so long that any thought of an exodus to the land seems anachronic, much as a movement in that direction would benefit national health and security. Lord Lymington is among those who would deprive industry, trade and usury of their present domination ; and, even at the cost of losing foreign investments and overseas trade, he would seek to establish a new Eden where, inter alia, humus would be enshrined as the goddess of fertility, and agricultural chemicals consigned to the bottomless pit! We must, he says, stop exploiting the land for temporary economic gain, and return to ‘good farming’ by restoring and maintaining soil fertility. Capital taken from the land as tithe and death duties must be returned to it, so that we may be able to renew dead stock, increase live stock, settle far more people on the land, and produce far more home-grown food than we now do. We must, too, regenerate the land in order to regenerate our people.

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