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ONE MAN’S VISION SPREADS TO 23,000 HECTARES

A new way of farming which began 11 years ago and boosted productivity by 60 per cent has been adopted by an entire catchment measuring 23,0000 hectares near Bungendore in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Straddling the Great Dividing Range, Tony Coote’s Mulloon Creek Natural Farms have been practicing biodynamics, natural sequence farming, permaculture, keyline pattern cultivation, holistic grazing management and tree planting, along with a system of “leaky weirs” designed to retain water flow and deliver clean water into the Shoalhaven River. In the latest interview in the ....

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“GARDENING AUSTRALIA’S” COSTA: URBAN SPRAWL PUSHING FARMS ONTO MARGINAL COUNTRY

“Gardening Australia’s” Costa Georgiadis, says Australia’s urban sprawl is pushing Australia’s farmers further out onto poor soils with unreliable rain. In an interview for the Soils for Life video series YouTube Costa Georgiadis, Costa criticises the covering of productive market garden soil with houses. “I see, around the country, soil being given a second and third grade ranking on a scale of permanence”, Costa says. “But the reality is that once these productive soils are buried, we’re putting our farming land onto marginal land with poorer soils and less reliable and more infrequent rain. We’re putting more ....

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TPP offers food for fussy eaters

The agreement to enact the Trans Pacific Partnership will mean opportunities for consumers in the 11 participating countries to choose Australian food produced in regenerated and chemical free environments. Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, said many of the countries which have signed up to the Partnership had a growing and fastidious middle class, which wanted to know where their food came from and how it was produced. “Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada will have unparalleled access to our high quality food and fibre, once the Agreement receives Parliamentary approval”, General Jeffery said. “Growers ....

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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 ....