Ill-informed criticism of farmers seems to have developed into an essential
part of contemporary personal style . The people who make these hastily
considered criticisms would benefit from a few months managing a farm.
Let us remember that whatever the amount of water which is in fact
necessary for the production of food, the bulk of it falls directly from the
sky onto the crop or pasture. If there are water shortages and thus
competition for water in some places, then everyone should consider what the
appropriate distribution of managed water is. The use of water in housholds
would then get the same scrutiny, as it should. None the less I am sure that
in places water is wastefully and unsoundly used in irrigation. Libya is
using underground "fossil " water to grow wheat in a desert, as I
understand it, but there are less bizarre examples no doubt.
David, Heather, and Matthew Hine
Atkins Rd, Cawongla
via Kyogle, NSW, Australia 2474
ph/fax: 61 066 337162.