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A better life is in our power

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: July 26, 2011

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WITH reference to Roger Tancocks's letter concerning Dinah and Stig Mason – what a brilliant idea! If we were all to "look for a field", or even make proper use of the gardens we already have, and work as hard as they do to achieve a carbon neutral lifestyle for our families, perhaps this country would be in a better state than it is now.

There would be less traffic on the roads transporting imported food (and us) to supermarkets (local shops should be able to supply us with anything we could not produce ourselves).

We could make more use of natural sources of energy, thus taking less power from the national grid. The surgeries would not be full of people with stress-related or obesity caused illnesses, as gardening and eating fresh wholesome produce would keep us fit.

My husband and I are lucky enough to own our own home (and all the expenses that go with it) but I would swap it all today to be 40 years younger and have the energy and wisdom to try and achieve what the Masons are doing for their family and the community.

I'd certainly go for it, and I bet there are a lot of you who would do the same.

Incidentally, Dinah and Stig did not "take over" a "random field", they bought it – and tell me something – if they are supposed to "go out and work long hours" to pay the mortgage on the smallholding they should have bought, who is actually going to work the land so that they become carbon neutral?

JILL EDMONDS Culmstock

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  • Aweyer  |  December 05 2012, 3:36PM

    Such an eloquent response to a narrow minded view, if more people had your wisdom we would be living in a far greater society

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  • 2ladybugs  |  July 31 2011, 11:18AM

    If the bureaucrats could see further than their noses a solution to affordable housing would become obvious for anybody that wanted. Providing the plot of land was usable for self-sufficiency , the house was green i.e. wooden etc. and was not allowed to be expanded by some greedy person out to only make a profit I can see no problem. The self sufficiency would need to be put forward on a business type basis so that no benefits were payable by the state. Carbon neutral is what I thought this government was aiming for. I think this is just another scam to make us pay more indirect taxes.

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  • Kateletts  |  July 26 2011, 7:42PM

    Bautifully put, thank you!

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