Sow idle, fertile fields
Published 24/07/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- I was on a recent coach trip to County Donegal and something very disturbing struck me upon travelling through from Laois to Donegal.
Once we left Tullamore, and looking through our coach windows, we were struck by the sight of empty fields; not a cow, nor a sheep, not a crop of any kind, just hundreds of acres of land lying idle.
Ireland was once the breadbasket of Europe, with its ultra fertile lands. Today, due to EU quotas and the ever-increasing invasion of multinational outlets importing food stuffs into Ireland at knock-down prices, is it no wonder that the same fields remain idle. The horticulturalists and farmers have been thrown to the wall of EU control.