Jeremy Clarkson reveals big loss on his farm as he opens up about struggles08/20/2021
JEREMY Clarkson has revealed all about a big loss on his farm as he opened up about his agricultural struggles.
The 61-year-old's exploits in farming have been documented on his hit Amazon Prime Video series, Clarkson's Farm.
Jeremy decided to run his Diddly Squat Farm himself, and it's safe to say it's been a steep learning curve.
While Jezza has had many triumphs since becoming a farmer, he has also had some tough times, including the loss of 10 acres of crops.
In a recent interview, Jeremy explained the tough decisions he has to make when it comes to using chemicals like insecticides.
He said: "If you spray neonicotinoids on oil seed rape, which you have to do to stop flea beetles eating it, that hurts the bees.
“So everybody would say you mustn’t do that. We must not hurt the bees, it’s obvious.
"However, if you don’t use neonicotinoids your oil seed rape basically dies. I lost about ten acres of it last year.”
Neonicotinoids is an insecticide which is harmful to bees, but if he can't use it on his crops it means he subsequently can't sell his vegetable oil.
He added to Times Radio's Giles Coren: "[This] means people buy palm oil instead, which of course has a massive effect on orangutans in Sumatra.
“So then people say you must not hurt the orangutans, so then you can’t have any form of oil.
“So it’s always a balance, it’s always a struggle, everything you ever do. There is nothing organic on my farm – nothing.”
He concluded: "I’ve only been doing this for about 18 months or two years so I don’t really understand all of it.”
Clarkson's Farm series one is available on Amazon Prime Video, with series two in production.
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