Match 1 The mountain field: Nature 197 Man 196
There is lots of unclaimed/ given up on land abutting the mountains here. This is land that has great soil, gets adequate sun, gets enough rain not to need watering but is largely left untouched. The main reason being the constant threat of encroaching weeds- grasses, plants and most pesky, vines- from the mountain. This is our leek field and we have had to rescue it three times already from colonisation and suffocation. I'm calling this a win for nature as, while it can be cleared you can never sit back and relax and enjoy the victory, the game just goes on and on and on...
Match 2: Animals Nature 4 Man 5
The biggest animal pests are monkey troupes, bears, wild boar, moles, crows and pigeons. Most of the apple orchards near the mountains are fenced off to quite a height. Many with electric fences. Each year a portion of the harvest (especially corn and apples- monkeys go nuts over corn) is lost to animals and news of bear attacks- usually an old farmer surprising a bear at 5:00 in the morning when they go to check their garden (see, it's for safety reasons that I sleep in!) are not uncommon but I'm calling this one for man as the bear population is decreasing, they poison moles, hang dead crows in the fields, use noise cannons to scare the pigeons and when things get bad they bring out the men with guns. Not very sportsmanlike at all!
Match 3: The field Nature 0 Man 1
Commercial farming is a chemical minefield. Use chemicals to fertilise the soil, hormone spray to enlarge the crop, pesticide to kill the bugs, herbicide to cull the weeds, finish harvesting and spray the whole area with high grade nastiness to kill every living thing, wait a month and then start again with the fertiliser. This field had tomatoes in it until last month. If you look at the grass in the foreground you can see that the brown grass is not a natural Autumn die off. Nope, and all around are apples that have yet to be harvested. This is why your mum told you to wash your fruit! I believe that while man is winning the match the long term damage is building up. An agricultural chemical RSI if you will.
Match 4 Organic farming Nature 1: Man 1
This is our grape harvest this year. On the left are the ones we unknowingly donated to the kabuto mushi (rhinoceros beetle) and on the right are the ones we ate. About fifty-fifty I'd say. We probably lose about 20% of our total harvest of fruit and veggies to different insects, birds and animals. We have the space to allow for this when we plant and the time to laboriously pick off the caterpillars and spray milk on the aphids and pull off the leaves with powdery mildew so we don't hurt for the loss. While it costs a lot more in labour we get the reassurance of knowing that we're eating the safest food we can and being gentle on our environment to boot. I call that a win win situation.
Oh, and the reason there are baskets on bikes?
to carry your loot!