This illustration of men hauling a huge ‘Trojan cow’ into a green walled city from a blasted landscape outside refers to the controversy surrounding the increasing conversion of land into dairy farming on the Canterbury Plains. Hand in hand with this has been an upsurge in demand for limited water supplies including plans to divert and dam rivers for agriculture and pastoral production. The Trojan cow is a reference to the destruction of Troy by Odysseus’s Greek army and the fabled notion that one should ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.’ The gift may not be what you expect!
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