How maize craze threatens future of West Country land

First maize drilling near Bude

The full article was originally written for the Western Daily Press

Liz Bowles , head of farming at the Soil Association, is warning that runaway maize is threatening South West farmers

In the South West we grow approximately 74,000 hectares of maize each year, more than double that of any other region in the UK.

Most is used for livestock feed but as anaerobic digesters become more common, maize is increasingly grown as a feedstock. The growth in maize production is becoming a serious problem for soils, often causing severe damage to the environment.

Maize production has increased from just 8,000 hectares in England in 1973 to around 183,000 hectares in 2014 with huge implications for our environment.

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How maize craze threatens future of West Country land