No, of course it's not. The farmers don't make the rules which allow this to happen. So the farmers aren't to blame.
They never have been custodians of the countryside. They are businesses out to make a profit.
Neat philosophical point there Walleye. If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, does it fall? If a farmer doesn’t get caught for breaking the rules, is it ok?
I suppose this lot on the Wear are also totally blameless:
River Wear - 2019
I think everyone gets the point that the regulator is ineffective. That does not excuse the actions of those who push and break the boundaries.
I think everyone also gets the point that the consumer bears some responsibility for demanding more more more for less less less. If we want change people need to make some sacrifices. However, like Farmer Salmon the market for Nando’s, chicken nuggets er al has been supply led as much as by demand. Most of the farms with units must have existed before the unit, this is just a way of maximising profit.
The subsidies farmers have received generous subsidies not just because they were businesses but because they are also purportedly ‘custodians of the countryside’. I think they have pushed that beyond reason in the Wye valley.
Walleye, you make some good points, but you don’t need to hammer everything until it’s dead. Trevor has put a great deal of personal time and effort into gathering empirical evidence of the Phosphate levels in the river. Together with others (WSA?) He’s taken this further and helped get Wye phosphate pollution into the local and regional press. He gets it and he’s put far more of his personal capital into trying to sort the situation than either you or I.
I think he’s entitled to expect more of and get frustrated at farmers without getting a GOFBO* from somebody with no stake in or experience of the river.
*Glimpse of the F(£&@ing Blindingly Obvious