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Call of the Reed Warbler : A New Agriculture - A New Earth - Charles Massy

Call of the Reed Warbler

A New Agriculture - A New Earth

Paperback Published: 18th September 2017
ISBN: 9780702253416
Number Of Pages: 592

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Is it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our planet.

This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

Using his personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health – Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows – through evocative stories – how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness.

At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

About the Author

Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming for 35 years, developing the prominent Merino sheep stud ‘Severn Park’. Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to return to ANU in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. Charles was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service as Chair and Director of a number of research organisations and statutory wool boards.

He has also served on national and international review panels in sheep and wool research and development and genomics. Charles has authored several books on the Australian sheep industry, the most recent being the widely acclaimed Breaking the Sheep’s Back (UQP, 2011).

What Autralia needs!


Haven't finished the book yet but I am loving what Charles Massy has to share about the positive change that can come to our ancient eroded land through learning how to read the landscape and regenerative farming. Has a lot of interesting historical and cultural background information that is highly informative and satisfying.



This should be the land management textbook


This is essential reading for everyone in Australia professionally involved in agriculture or horticulture, and everyone seeking real answers to the necessary adaptive practices we all need in readiness for climate change... but not just for climate change. The book re-examines standard agricultural and land practices inherited in Australia from Europe and elsewhere and explains the need to create sustainable land management practices that are appropriate at broad-scale farm scale. By extension, consideration of appropriateness is also needed by everyone responsible for any site, as small as a backyard. The book is thoroughly referenced with research and real world examples and should be compulsory reading for all land-centred professions, and recommended reading for everyone managing any site.

Southern Highlands NSW


Awesome book, an eye opener into ways to save the planet


If interested in ways to regenerate soil in agriculture, or ways to have an positive impact on global warming, this book has many answers. Many alternatives to the current prominent industrial focus on food production. I am so happy to have come across this book!

Denmark, Western Australia


Worth a read if you're at all involved in agriculture


Gives a comprehensive appraisal of alternate agricultural methods the challenge the norm and show the future for Australian farmers to address the affects of climate change and drought.

South Australia


This is an important book which needs to be read by all.


It is a very thorough book

Blue Mountains


Made an impact


I gave this book to my dad and it has created a deep motivation and inspiration to properly rethink the ways we are farming, and our future farm goals. The book is big, and dense in parts as it is also academic and theoretical in certain chapters. The stories and insights however really cut through a lot of the thinking around common farming practices, and make you question why you do what you do, as well as showing change is not such a difficult thing in the face of alternatives. The local aspect adds to that. I will be lending this book to other family members.



This is a call to arms , we can change


Thought provoking



Call of the Reed Warbler - a call to action


I bought and sent this great book to several of my friends because the regenerative agricultural movement is cause for hope. In the cannon of insightful texts about land management in Australia it ranks with Eric Rolls's Million Wild Acres as a text that can change what you see and how you think. Charles Massy is a bit long-winded at times and I was frustrated by the lack of on-the-ground detail (water and fencing etc) about the logistics of regenerative agriculture. He is also silent about the impact of native animals. However, it is definitely worth the read and I have now bought and read several of the texts that he refers to including the wonderful Reenchantment of the World by Morris Berman.



gigantic pleonasm


Would be good for a farmer if the ideas were more quickly accessible



Back to Reality


"We are all crewmen on the same ship" Hadfield (astronaut who spent 166 days in space) This book gives me the hope and strength to keep fighting for our earth, as I am not alone and there are too many of us now to be silenced



Call of the Reed Warbler

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ISBN: 9780702253416
ISBN-10: 0702253413
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 18th September 2017
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.75