March of the ma­chines

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AS a farmer, I find the ar­ti­cle ‘Put a ro­bot in the field’ (June 14) deeply wor­ry­ing. We are shift­ing our reliance onto tech­nolo­gies and the peo­ple who can fix them and they cer­tainly can­not be mended in an av­er­age farm work­shop. I’m not say­ing that farm­ing shouldn’t em­brace new tech­nol­ogy, but it must also be looked at as sub­sti­tut­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment.

Work is more than a means to a liveli­hood—it’s part of our con­nec­tion to each other, giv­ing re­spect, mo­ti­va­tion and ful­fill­ment, as well as a sense of mean­ing and pur­pose to life. We be­moan the loss of young peo­ple in farm­ing and yet there are grants avail­able for us oldies to sub­sti­tute hands-on graft for tech­nol­ogy, thereby ex­ac­er­bat­ing the prob­lem—and that’s be­fore any dis­cus­sion on re­silience in food pro­duc­tion. David Robin­son, Car­marthen­shire

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