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What do healthy soils offer us? Inaugural Regenerative Agriculture conference in Perth brought together active farmers including author Charles Massy ("Call of the Reed Warbler - a New Agriculture, a New Earth") and Dianne Haggerty, as well as champions for the movement, such as Alannah MacTiernan MLC - all three here speaking from the podium about food security and practicalities. To view the complete presentations from the RegenWA conference, they are available on the Perth NRM YouTube page .
In Western Australia we have ancient fragile soil structures, and our agriculture since European settlement has caused extensive problems. Now the Regenerative Agriculture movement is looking to practise techniques which are far less dependent on chemical additives and more robustly reliant on other, perhaps gentler, ways of creating food and managing farms. In a world of rapidly changing climate and need for reliable quality food, regenerative agriculture could be an important step into our best future.
Regenerative Agriculture aims to conserve and restore topsoil, biodiversity, water, life processes and food production so that we can deal with habitat loss, climate emergency, and support the vitality of the food we eat.
Associated programs are from our interviews with Charles Massy at his farm on the Monaro Plain, east of Mount Kosciuszko at https://rtrfm.com.au/story/understorey-call-of-the-regenerative-farmer/ and https://rtrfm.com.au/story/understorey-journey-of-the-regenerative-farmer/
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.