Our Soil is Healthy ???NOT


After reading the letter to the editor dated 14thJune 2019 by Marion E MacCallum I need to respond. She cites the soil is healthy due to years of cattle on on the land. She states the soil is healthy because the island is lush green and covered in dandelions. She claims this is all due to the years of islands mixed farming? If I was reading this letter in 1969 I would whole heartily have agreed. PEI was indeed the Garden of Gulf. Alas this is 2019 and I remember the 1970s cries of “go big or go bust”.  I’m not a farmer, not even a gardener and have little knowledge of soils or its conditions. However, I believe I’m intelligent enough to disagree on these points. We may still have some limited mixed farming, but surely the largest product is potato’s. They are farmed by the Irving’s, and it’s hard to think of them as a family farm. As for the rich crops of dandelions! I look across the dessert like potato fields devoid of growth. No hedge rows, no weeds and certainly no dandelions. Sorry, but I disagree that our soil is healthy. Ask your self how many worms and other insects have survived in the vast acreage of pesticide sprayed soil.

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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2 Responses to Our Soil is Healthy ???NOT

  1. Francis Gallant says:

    She must have been on some PEI mountainside having a spiritual experience and heard the angels singing, “The fields are alive with the sound of music”.

    I was sure that there is quite a bit of information available on soil and water conditions with the use of pesticides being the fault. Someone needs to take a more intense tour of PEI before coming out with the belief that the the PEI environment is a truly healthy one. This makes me think of the way a politician would talk before an upcoming election with this thought in mind, “Say it and they will believe it.”

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Great response Francis,” the hills are alive with the sound of music” unfortunately it is more like the sound of the Irving’s and making money at all costs.

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