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The horror of a harvested field of maize - Giles Wood

Regulars | By Giles Wood

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A Holland & Barrett health store, pullulating with natural remedies, has opened on our local high street – yet I looked in vain for a natural remedy for what might be called toxic shock. There is no more upsetting sight to a hypersensitive than a recently harvested field of maize. The one abutting my own land resembles a crime scene inflicted by delinquents: spilt grain, drunkenly leaning uneven maize stalks and compacted ruts filled with water – but no frogs, of course. They have succumbed to the global amphibian-decline phenomenon. ...

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