Drones are good because they save taxpayer dollars. BBC article, “Spying on Europe’s farms with satellites and drones,” portrays government speak on surveillance matters: “In 2010, about 70% of the total required controls on farm payments in the EU were done by satellites, which photographed more than 210,000 sq km (81,000 sq miles) of land in all.” A survey of under 1,000 farmers in the UK and Australia is cited to bolster drone surveillance: “only about a quarter in Australia and a third in the UK were against satellite monitoring. Some farmers voiced concerns about invasion of privacy, but many said remote sensing was preferable to inspectors on their land taking up their time. A majority in the UK also agreed that the satellites would help to deter fraud. Rob Allan, a farmer in Warwickshire, said ‘it’s modern life really – I don’t think there’s anything you can do about it‘.” Drones are good as long as you’re in compliance!
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