ABSTRACT

Indeed, just as the Inspectors sought to enrol the farmers to their view of pollution, so farmers in turn sought to enlist the Inspectors and others into an understanding of the difficulties and constraints they faced. This chapter draws on those interviews plus a participant observation of the interactions between farmers and Pollution Inspectors to provide the dairy farmers’ accounts of farm pollution. By and large, the Devon farmers had come to accept that they should do something about farm pollution. Even though in an era of high-tech agriculture, the farmers would still express to the reader the need to conserve their farms’ productive base. In most of their dealings with farmers, Pollution Inspectors were trying to get them to alter or improve their waste management. Most farmers felt that they were doing their best to manage farm wastes and prevent effluents from contaminating watercourses, often in difficult circumstances.