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Back from the Brink : How Australia's Landscape Can Be Saved - Peter Andrews

Back from the Brink : How Australia's Landscape Can Be Saved

By: Peter Andrews, John Williams (Foreword by), Gerry Harvey (Foreword by)

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Peter Andrew's was the subject of a two-part Australian Story in 2005, 'Of Drought and Flooding Rain', about his controversial vision for saving the Australian landscape. In this book, Peter outlines what he has learned about Australia's unique landscape, what has led us to the potential environmental catastrophe, and the unique methods that could save us from disaster.

Peter Andrews is a racehorse breeder and farmer credited with remarkable success in converting degraded, salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures. His methods are so at odds with conventional scientific wisdom that for 30 years he has been dismissed and ridiculed as a madman. He has faced bankruptcy and family break-up. But now, on the brink of ecological disaster, leading politicians, international scientists and businessmen are beating a path to his door as they grapple with how best to alleviate the affects of drought on the Australian landscape. Described as a man who reads and understands the Australian landscape better than most scientists, supporters of Peter Andrews claim he has done what no scientist ever thought to do - he has restored streams and wetlands to the way they were before European settlement interfered with them. The startling results of his natural sequence farming are said to have been achieved very cheaply, simply and quickly.

About the Author

Peter Andrews is an Australian race horse breeder and grazier from Bylong in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

He is the inventor of the Natural Sequence Farming method. He is acknowledged as having converted his degraded high-salinity land at Tarwyn Park into a fertile, drought-resistant estate. His techniques run counter to prevailing accepted practices. Peter Andrews is also the author of a best selling book on his methods, entitled Back from the Brink: How Australia's Landscape can be Saved. He also has written a book called Beyond the Brink that further explains his theories about water movement in the Australian landscape with the additional subjects of global warming and GMO usage and how this effects soil and the environment.

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    This book will be used as a reference on our farm

     
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    A very observant man, with a love of the land.

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            If only farmers will take notice we can yet save Australia (the land any way)
            This is something that is close to my heart as I am country

             
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                It will change the way you think about weeds forever. Lots of new ways of approaching land management in the Australian environment.

                 
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                  An interesting read. Not just applicable to farmers, there are ideas in this book that an organic gardener could put to good use. What a pity that the government is so blinkered and short-sighted. Peter's ideas need to be refined and implemented if we are to save our farming land from degradation and erosion.

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                  Peter Andrews

                  Born in 1940 on his parent's sheep property on the Wilcannia Road just out of Broken Hill, Peter has lived his whole life affected by the droughts and floods in the Australian country.As a child he noticed their Broken Hill property was, in certain areas, littered with sea shells. Strange when you think this was a thousand miles from the sea! It showed him that the environment had obviously gone through many huge natural changes.

                  Over the years, this sparked his attention to look deeper into why Australia was falling into disrepair whilst man was doing everything he knew to stop it.As a young man he left Broken Hill in the hands of his brother and bought a horse stud property in Gawler, just out of Adelaide. Whilst studying this very different environment to Broken Hill, he noticed that certain fundamentals seemed to be the same.After a few years he decided to follow this path further and bought a run down, environmentally bankrupt property in the Upper Hunter River Valley.Over a hundred years before this property had been a shining jewel.

                  It was the first horse stud property in Australia and its site was chosen because it was the 'most beautiful and most productive land' around. Historic journals of the time attest to this.Still, when Peter bought it, it was a wreck! The creeks had been redirected away from their natural path, the land erosion and salinity was nearly at a 'no return' status.Whilst operating his thoroughbred horse stud 'Tarwyn Park', he decided to see what fundamentals were the same as the desert of Broken Hill and the lush pastures of Gawler.Just as he thought, the natural cycle appeared to be the same.

                  Over the next 20 odd years, he became more passionate about finding what caused these environmental problems in the first place and how to turn them around, using natures own methods.That sentence doesn't sound too much of a challenge, however in reality it takes a complete 'mindset' change to be able to even comprehend the basics of what he has found.

                  The difference in what man has done and in fact is still doing to the Australian country and what has to be done, cannot be understood using the same theories that are currently taught and accepted by scientists. It requires a paradigm shift in thinking.Around 10 years ago, after repeated practical research under various natural conditions, he decided he had proved his theories enough to invite government and university scientists to test them.

                  Many came and most were amazed with what they saw and experienced. The ones that were able to 'think outside the square' became passionate supporters, whilst those caught in the 'this not what I was taught' syndrome became skeptics. They would come up with scenarios such as, 'it worked there but wouldn't anywhere else', or 'he must be doing something without telling us'.In 1997 was able to put into place a legal R&D project with the Macquarie Bank and some corporate entities whose gain was taxation benefits.

                  The 2 years of the project was well documented however the 'self interests' of many individuals, corporations and academics involved overtook the actualities of the research. The results and those behind them are still not free from civil or criminal investigation.Some of the leading CSIRO scientists as well as several extremely highly acclaimed and respected professors and scientists from both here and overseas have now rallied behind him and work is well underway to use his theories in repairing our erosion, salinity and water problems.

                  Some of Australia's most prominent corporate identities are also behind Peter and are putting into place, legal entities to oversee the implementation of the 'Natural Sequence Farming' practice.For example, Gerry Harvey of Harvey Norman fame, has had Peter totally reconstruct parts of his his multi million dollar horse stud property. The results are nothing short of astonishing! The improvements have added so much to the dollar resale value of the property, let alone the productivity and sustainability of its resources.

                  Today, he continues to fight the bureaucracies holding back his theories and is insistent that one day his theories will help turn the Australian landscape back to what it was before Europeans came here.

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                  ISBN: 9780733319624
                  ISBN-10: 0733319629
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 288
                  Published: October 2006
                  Publisher: ABC Books
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 1.9
                  Weight (kg): 0.35