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NEW UK FARM POLICY: POWERFUL PARALLELS FOR AUSTRALIA

NEW UK FARM POLICY: POWERFUL PARALLELS FOR AUSTRALIA A revolutionary UK policy to recognise and reward farmers for their land management, rather than profitability, has parallels with proposals from Australia’s National Soils Advocate. The scheme, unveiled by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May on January 11th, focuses on preserving and enhancing the natural capital of farmland, and would come into effect post-Brexit. Australia’s National Soils Advocate and founder of Soils for Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, said the scheme had strong messages for Australian land managers and policy makers. “The UK has, quite rightly, decided that the Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP, is fundamentally flawed, in that it ....

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National Soils Advocate Warns of Next Big Global Train smash

NATIONAL SOILS ADVOCATE WARNS OF NEXT BIG GLOBAL TRAIN SMASH Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, has warned that the “next big global train smash” will be through soil, water and food insecurity. In the latest interview on the YouTube series for Soils For Life (at MJ SFL video), General Jeffery says countries like India, China, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East are facing big problems, with the rapid reduction of water from finite aquifers, loss and degradation of arable land, and an overuse of chemicals, pesticides and inorganic fertilisers. “There’s a big problem brewing internationally, and whilst Australia has issues with ....

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NFF PRESIDENT: FARMERS FIXING OUR SOILS

NFF PRESIDENT: FARMERS FIXING OUR SOILS The President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, says modern farmers are focusing on landscape management, conservation tillage and regenerating Australia’s degraded soils. In an interview for Soils for Life (www.soilsforlife.org.au), Ms Simson said it was important that the country’s agricultural industry had a focus on soils and sustainability. “In Australia we have ancient soils and we also have extreme climate, so we have amazing temperatures, amazing rainfalls, amazing winds, and our soils are as much a result of all of those factors, as well as some of our farming ....

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5 KGs of soils lost for every meal

  06-Dec-2017 5 KGS OF SOIL LOST FOR EVERY MEAL Australia's National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery has told a global forum in China that 5 kilograms of soil are lost for every meal eaten around the world. Addressing the Global Governance and China's Perspective Forum in Guangzhou, General Jeffery said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation had estimated the soil loss per meal, and warned that the rate of soil loss globally far outpaces the natural cycle of soil formation. "We are losing soil at the rate of around 1% per year to aridification, desertification, urbanisation", General Jeffery said. "Globally, our arable land is ....

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Soils focus major shift in UK agriculture policy

23-Nov-2017 SOILS FOCUS MAJOR SHIFT IN UK AGRICULTURE POLICY Soils for Life has welcomed a new commitment by the UK Government to change the historical focus of agricultural policies to reward farmers for their agri-environmental work, after the UK leaves the EU. Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, said that the government had placed the protection and enhancement of soil health as the cornerstone of a new agriculture scheme. ....

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Jeff Kennett: Prime Minister should make soil and water a national priority

16-Nov-2017 JEFF KENNETT: PRIME MINISTER SHOULD MAKE SOIL AND WATER A NATIONAL PRIORITY In a video recorded for Soils for Life (https://youtu.be/uBeMPwAwOw0), Mr Kennett says his simplest hope would be for Australia to have a Prime Minister who actually believes in water and therefore soil. “Unless you’re the Prime Minister or the Treasurer or the Premier and the Treasurer, you have little real influence”, Mr Kennett says. ....

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The urgent need for governments to fix our landscape: speech by Major General Michael Jeffery

  22-Sep-2017 THE URGENT NEED FOR GOVERNMENTS TO FIX OUR LANDSCAPE SPEECH BY MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL JEFFERY Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, will deliver an address to the Rotary Club of Sydney on Tuesday, September 26th. Major General Jeffery will discuss the urgent need for Australia’s Federal, State and Territory governments to adopt a policy to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape. He will discuss the critical requirement to work towards more productive, sustainable and healthy food systems, and explain that we are losing soil at the rate of around 1% per ....