We Cant Eat Money (or a mild rant against Agribusiness)

To parody the famous song
Where have all the hedgerows gone?
Gone to farmland, every one.
Where have all the mammals gone?
With the hedgerows, every one.
Where have all the small birds gone?
With the mammals, every one.
Where have all the tall trees gone?
With the hedgerows every one.
Why did they have to die?
Why did they have to die?

They died beneath the axeman’s blow
So a pasture, large enough to make it
worth the planting, could be made
And for harvest by those large machines
which must have room to move
and shear the ripened crop
In each and every mile long field.
Like vacuum cleaners six abreast,
in gathering all the grain.

Time it was when men and women,
In the field, toiled, dawn to dusk
To gather in and store the annual crop
And there within that work, a spirit lay
That fed those folk whose lives wove
Into a landscape, sown and melded
to a way of life now dead and gone.
And fields where the back was bent
kept well within the human scale.

Trees and hedgerows were laid to waste
As fields just a broad terrain became,
And what once was fertile under plough and rake,
Will then often lose its topsoil, blown upon the wind.
So listen well and take these words to heart
That nothing is for nothing and, of the rich good earth,
A wise husbanding of soil is needful care
While disregard will have due consequence.

C: Bailey 2012

We Cant Eat Money (or a mild rant against Agribusiness)

Andrew  Bailey

Ilfracombe, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

This is a repost after many amendments and is an attempt to recover in my mind’s eye, the sort of farmland I lived amongst when I was a boy living the the county of Kent. Farming was farming then and not Agribusiness and all remained well within the human scale – especially the fields with their hedgerows which gave shelter to abundant bird, insect and small mammal lives. Now most of the hedge rows have been grubbed out although there is a move to replace a fair number of them but the damage has been done. Fields which required only a natural fertiliser each early spring are now awash with chemicals which replace all the plant nutrients which were naturally in the soil when the hedgerows were still there. It is akin to a rape of teh land in the interests of cheap food. NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!!!

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