Letter from Europe: Light and fresh air – Rx for higher yields

Pioneering farmers in Britain and the Netherlands are finding that both plants and animals perform better in bright and airy conditions.


Plenty of light and fresh air. That was the prescription that family doctors used to bring to the farmhouse when visiting sick kids.

Nowadays, in Europe anyway, doctors who actually leave their surgeries to visit homes are mostly a thing of the past. But there’s the beginning of a revival for daylight and fresh air as remedies against disease and depression. And there are a few pioneers taking this dictum straight onto the farm for more performance from crops and cattle.

Better Farming - October 2009