Regenerative farming methods food for thought
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