Re­gen­er­a­tive farm­ing meth­ods food for thought

Countryman - - LETTERS -

I write this in re­sponse to Coun­try­man’s ar­ti­cle “WA farm­ers re­ject glyphosate claims” (Oc­to­ber 11) and the opin­ion piece by Dun­can Young, “Chem­i­cals key to food in our crowded world” (Oc­to­ber 11).

I think that farm­ers who are won­der­ing about what has been said in this ar­ti­cle on these pages should fol­low the fol­low­ing sim­ple steps to give them­selves a clear pic­ture of what is hap­pen­ing and what to do about it on their own farms.

1. Buy a copy of Call of the Reed War­bler by the farmer Dr Charles Massy and read it. Like Alannah MacTier­nan did. Or, if you like, bor­row a copy and read chap­ter 21 and then the ref­er­ences on page 556 No. 29 30 31.

2. Google DPIRD and find Dr Massy’s lec­ture to the Agri­cul­tural De­part­ment with farmer Nick Kelly and have a lis­ten.

3. Go to Re­genWA and find out about what the NRM is do­ing to help the Re­gen Move­ment.

4. Google Al­lan Sa­vory and have a think about what you find there.

Visit a neigh­bour who is us­ing the sys­tem.

6. Go to Fram­ingSe­crets and lis­ten to Dr Maarten Sap­per.

7. Get to­gether with your neigh­bours and in­vite Maarten Sap­per over for a few days to give you some ad­vice.

8. Pre­pare to start next sea­son with fewer chem­i­cals and less fer­tiliser and more live­stock and higher yields and more money in the bank at the end of the sea­son.

So was that dif­fi­cult? Needs a bit of or­gan­is­ing, help from farm­ing friends, ad­vice from the right peo­ple and away you go. Best of luck. Guy Izzett, In­gle­wood

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