March of the machines
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