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Drought fund should be a catalyst for fundamental farming change

Australia’s National Soil Advocate and Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, has welcomed yesterday’s passage of the Future Drought Fund legislation with optimism that it will provide funds for fundamental change to the way Australia farms. “Our case studies and interviews for Soils For Life (www.soilsforlife.org.au), especially those undertaken in drought affected areas, have proved that regenerative agriculture practices have the capacity to help “drought-proof” agriculture”, General Jeffery said. “Those of our case study farmers still technically in drought have functioning streams, ample or adequate top cover and have not needed to buy supplementary feed”. ....

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Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou

The Chair of Soils for Life and Australia’s National Soil Advocate, Major General Jeffery attended the Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, China on December 14th. The meetings included former President of Timor Leste, Jose Ramos Horta, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke, the President of the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association,Dr Chau Chak Wing, and the former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

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Regenerating a patch of Australian history

The latest case study undertaken by Soils For Life tracks the regeneration of the Brownlow Hill Estate near Sydney through 200 years of farming - and a brush with disaster. Edgar Downes is the fifth generation to farm Brownlow Hill. Situated near Camden on the outskirts of the city, it is one of Australia’s most significant early agricultural and settlement sites. Originally named “Cowpastures”, it was the first dairy farm to serve the fledgling settlement of Sydney. Current ownership and occupation stems back almost 160 years. The case study tracks the ecological, production and social changes on the property over the ....

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KILLING OUR SOILS: INDUSTRIAL FOOD PRODUCTION THE CULPRIT

An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that industrially produced fruit and vegetables are robbing our plants of their own protection system and significantly reducing their mineral and antioxidant properties. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says fruit and vegetables are mass produced in soils lacking the essential ingredient – microbes. “A teaspoon of healthy soil can have a billion microbes and in a healthy soil, there can be 50,000 different species of microbes”, Dr Stapper says. “Microbes are the smallest organisms on Planet Earth and ....

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DROUGHT SUMMIT SHOULD FOCUS ON SUCCESSES, NOT FAILURES

  “Illawong”, Bowna, October 17,2018 Australia’s National Soil Advocate and Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, says tomorrow’s Drought Summit should focus on successful farmers who continue to prosper, despite the drought. “We were delighted that the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon David Littleproud and the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack visited Mulloon Creek near Bungendore today”, General Jeffery said. “The late Tony Coote was one of the visionary pioneers of regenerative agriculture and hiscatchment of over 10 farms has now pursued regenerative techniques as a result of his outstanding ....

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MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS

MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that modern methods of producing marketable fruit and vegetables are leading to increases in allergies and illness, especially in young people. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says foods grown in soils depleted of essential minerals and soil carbon, and treated with chemicals, are lowering our immune systems.   “The food that we buy is now less nutritious than it was in the past, and that is because the food has lower mineral content, lower nutrients like antioxidants and ....

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NATIONAL SOILS ADVOCATE SAYS DROUGHT RELIEF “SIMPLY CRISIS MANAGEMENT”

4 October 2018   NATIONAL SOILS ADVOCATE SAYS DROUGHT RELIEF “SIMPLY CRISIS MANAGEMENT” Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery, says the Federal Government’s drought assistance measures are “simply crisis management”. In the latest video in the Soils For Life video series, General Jeffery says the drought afflicting the eastern seaboard has produced outpourings of sympathy, money and donations in kind from Australians presented with pictures of dust bowls, starving sheep and stressed farming families. “It’s sad to see, but the $1.8 billion in support that the government has been forced to provide, along with donations of hay and other feedstock, ....