Last week I took part in some gleaning action (actually authorized by the farmer).
The harvesting machinery was still in the field so we got to look how it works.
The machine that first passes chops off the tops, and the next machine pulls them out the ground.
... but it chops off quite a lot off the top that is discarded in the field.
The photo attached shows the worst case I found, others were less bad, but overall a huge amount of edible carrot was still attached to the green bit.
@kawaiipunk I didn't know that, so maybe all those discards were actually to "seed" the next crop!
.. although I somehow doubt it, the internet tells me you need to get some nice roots to grow first before putting them back into soil
@CaitlinWaddick it's a wonder these carrot things, they just grow right there in the ground!
I find this other kind of industrial food production so alienating, would it really be so hard for people to harvest their own carrots from small scale local agriculture projects?
Would keep people active and perhaps socially engaged. This carrot gleaning, even though the landscape was quite barren, gave a big boost to my mood.
... but so hard to compete with this kind of scale ...
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