Romanticising the Past: A case study of a tide mill

Bee Farrell

In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.37 (2017)

“Twice a day the mill takes a gulp of the incoming tide”, is a popular lyrical description of the ancient technology of the Woodbridge Tide Mill in Suffolk as it harnesses the physics of the natural world. The human exploitation of the rhythm of the tide cycle demonstrates to an energy-challenged modern world a sustainable method to power a food-processing machine. It encapsulates the fundamental dependence of humankind upon natural physics and demonstrates an example of how to decouple ourselves from contemporary dependence on fossil fuels and globalised food systems. It helps reduce our ecological footprint.

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