On March the 17th, a conference will be converging in Canberra called ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable (https://www.sustainableag.org.au/)’. As we all know, Australian agriculture today is largely unsustainable. Soils are degrading and are in need of regeneration and broad acre farming is delivering food in quantity but not always in quality. So this conference will include an exceptional group of speakers to address the question: Can we feed ourselves and not destroy the Earth?
One of the keynote speakers, Charles Massy (https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/people/visiting/dr-charles-massy), has become a household name in regenerative farming. He has a bestselling book ‘Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture’ (https://www.booktopia.com.au/call-of-the-reed-warbler-charles-massy/book/9780702263224.html?source=pla&gclid=CjwKCAiAgvKQBhBbEiwAaPQw3K0TUblCtLdJctqBxgH7r_iQJASqkInyHssfnkQrXq-1w1aEl4BW4RoCC8AQAvD_BwE) and has been the subject of an Australian Story (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58G9htz0hTk)episode. PGAP is delighted to have Charles join us to discuss regenerative agriculture in depth and tell us more about the upcoming Fenner conference.
(a sample of the many speakers at the 2022 Feneer conference)
To find out more or to register for the 2022 Fenner conference ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable’ click here (https://www.sustainableag.org.au/index.php/register/).
The Australian Story episode of Charles Massy can be found here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58G9htz0hTk) To find out more about his book ‘Call of the Reed Warbler,’ start here (https://www.booktopia.com.au/call-of-the-reed-warbler-charles-massy/book/9780702263224.html)
Rod Taylor, one of the Fenner organisers, has also recently published a book ‘ Ten Journeys on A Fragile Planet.’ Agriculture and care for country are both reoccurring themes in this book. You can find out more here (https://www.odysseybooks.com.au/titles/9781925652789/#:~:text=In%20Ten%20Journeys%20on%20a,This%20book%20tells%20their%20stories.).
This year’s Fenner conference is made possible by the generous support of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA (https://population.org.au/)). SPA are also the main supporters of PGAP. You can read more on their recent discussion paper of ‘Population and Climate Change’ here (https://population.org.au/discussion-papers/climate/). If population policy in Australia is a concern for you in the lead up to the election, SPA offers come handy hints on making a difference here (https://population.org.au/how-you-can-make-a-difference/). SPA relies on grass roots donations, supporters and members to ensure that their important message has cut through in a generally unforgiving media environment. To support SPA, find out more here (https://population.org.au/support/).
It has been 50 years since that wonderful but intimating book ‘Limits to Growth’ was published in 1972. It is as relevant as ever (especially as the worst case projections in the book are all playing out on cue). A great article was recently written on the anniversary which can be read here (https://www.resilience.org/stories/2022-02-22/dennis-meadows-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-publication-of-the-limits-to-growth/?fbclid=IwAR09bIlOX7qJQU5k1o2nbwIYwIFIOi2Agfxf_suhYvQsco422udNtWnlNm8).
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The music of choice for this episode is 'Blame It On The Sun' by 'Counting Backwards'. A link to their Bandcamp page can be found here (https://countingbackwards.bandcamp.com/).
Want to find out a little more about PGAP’s host? Michael’s website can be visited here (https://michaelbayliss.org/).
Special Guest: Charles Massy.