“Farm to Fork” is used to describe the complete food production process by everyone from scientists to farmers to supermarkets to health inspectors; farmform traces this and many other such transformations.
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All Competitors Will Stop
Most large-scale ploughing is now performed by GPS-guided systems, but manual ploughing competitions are still vital to farming life. All words here are from the official rulebook.
This poem is after Edwin Morgan's Opening the Cage.
Old-growth forest is believed by many once to have covered Scotland from coast to coast. All the street names here are found in Elgin and Lossiemouth, but not all the named trees are.
The title line comes from a local legend about how the forest came to be lost.
The Enclosure of the Commons is one symbol of the historic and ongoing dispossession of people from their soil. In Scotland, only 963 private owners hold together half the land.
Easy Grow Sunlite
There are hundreds of varieties of carrots in the world. They are the UK’s most popular vegetable. How many varieties are there where you buy your groceries?
Each line here is a different variety of carrot.
These letters are packed to the maximum density allowed under which egg-laying chickens can be called “cage free” under EU legislation.
Paragon Longreach Pioneer Triumph
Ten companies own three quarters of the world’s seed market. It was estimated that three quarters of the world’s crop varieties were irretrievably lost in the twentieth century.
These syllables are made by breaking apart the names of seed corporations.
Quality Aspects of Carrots
Petroleum and its derivatives are a key input to all modern agriculture, and even organic farms depend on fossil fuels. Oil is intricately interwoven with our nutrition.
These lines alternate carrot qualities which are scientifically monitored with chemicals found in oil and its products.
Farm for the Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJMgfKqKXwY
Our languages are layered as richly as our soils. Soil maps are beautiful and startling; rapid soil erosion is as dramatically frightening.
Each line is a word for "field" in one of the historical languages of Moray: Pictish, Norse, Latin, Gaelic, Scots and English.
Strategic Plan for the Reintroduction of Agricultural Birdsong
Birdsong depends on varied cropping, hedgerows and field margins as much as it depends on wild land.
Some of these bird calls are real, and some invented.
Visual poems about food, farming and sustainability, by Harry Giles for Nil By Mouth.
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