'Sheep-wrecked fells' columnist George Monbiot to be quizzed by Cumbrian farmers

AN OUTSPOKEN environmentalist who wants to see sheep removed from Cumbria’s fells has agreed to face the county’s farmers.

George Monbiot will be grilled on his views at the Federation of Cumbria Commoners’ (FCC) annual general meeting next month.

The Guardian columnist has angered the county’s upland farmers with his comments about the role of livestock on the fells, which he claims have become ‘sheep-wrecked’.

In his latest book advocating re-wilding the planet, Mr Monbiot describes sheep farming as ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ which he claims ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution’.

He will address the FCC meeting at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, on March 7 after which there will be a question and answer session.

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9:26am Tue 4 Feb 14

HarryingtheNorth says...

Good stuff. Lets hope for responsible dialogue between all parties, and everyone's interests covered.
Good stuff. Lets hope for responsible dialogue between all parties, and everyone's interests covered. HarryingtheNorth
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6:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

I respect Mr Monbiot's courage in speaking at this meeting. I also enjoy his writing at The Guardian website. Many journalists and columnists seem to copy each other, review the same films, praise 'celebrities' who have done nothing useful and rarely look beyond London. George Monbiot is an original and there aren't many like him.
I respect Mr Monbiot's courage in speaking at this meeting. I also enjoy his writing at The Guardian website. Many journalists and columnists seem to copy each other, review the same films, praise 'celebrities' who have done nothing useful and rarely look beyond London. George Monbiot is an original and there aren't many like him. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -1

12:13am Thu 6 Feb 14

marianneb says...

Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots” So says nuclear lover George Monbiot.

Far from the fells being covered in trees the pre-Neolithic landscape would be a relatively open park-like mosaic rather than closed forest. It is a very safe bet that there are far fewer of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Herdwick on the Lakeland fells now than there were when she was the Ennerdale Show President in the 1930′s. It is also very safe to say that the wildlife of the Fells was far more abundant in Beatrix Potters hayday. George's clever undermining of farming and tourism taken to conclusion would leave the field wide open for the nuclear industry to achieve its ambition of new build and burying heat generating nuclear waste under Cumbria.

The same companies who designed and built Fukushima have walked away from any responsibility and want to build nuclear reactors . Is the land ours or future generations?
Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots” So says nuclear lover George Monbiot. Far from the fells being covered in trees the pre-Neolithic landscape would be a relatively open park-like mosaic rather than closed forest. It is a very safe bet that there are far fewer of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Herdwick on the Lakeland fells now than there were when she was the Ennerdale Show President in the 1930′s. It is also very safe to say that the wildlife of the Fells was far more abundant in Beatrix Potters hayday. George's clever undermining of farming and tourism taken to conclusion would leave the field wide open for the nuclear industry to achieve its ambition of new build and burying heat generating nuclear waste under Cumbria. The same companies who designed and built Fukushima have walked away from any responsibility and want to build nuclear reactors . Is the land ours or future generations? marianneb
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