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Among the winners will, as ever be the farmers.They will demand compensation for having stuffed their livestock with rancid and possibly poisonous detritus and then sold it to us. No other industry would get this treatment. Would we compensate Mars of they sold us poisonous chocolate bars? Or Ford if the brakes failed on their cars?
The time may come when we ask whether we really need mass agriculture. Almost all food can be produced more cheaply elsewhere. We could convert the pairies of England back to meadows and hedgerows, with a few country parks and golf courses. We'd save a fortune and the country would be much better off.

Simon Hoggart in The Guardian, March 28 1996.