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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


Published: 18th September 2017
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Product Description

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).


So impressed that I have purchased 2 more.


on my 2nd read now. Should be in school curriculum for the next generation to help understand whats happening with our environment and how to change that.

Clunes Vic

Most substantial book of my lifetime


This book is essential for farmers to read but also is relatable for all who consume food. Highly recommend it.


Wonderful reading material. Perfect gift as well.


Perfect reading material

South australi



Ripper read for farmers


Agricultural philosophy


I found this book to be most unusual. An emotionally engaging scientific exposition. A book that describes in detail the disaster wrought by agribusiness in Australia and the world, while pointing the way clearly to a healthier and more abundant future. Should be read by anyone who grows or eats food.

Mt Eliza Victoria Australia

Don't Miss this Read.


A hypnotic read but could have been enhanced with a more critical editing process


One of the best, most informative books I have ever read.


Compulsory reading for anyone with interests in farming or connections with the land, environment and farming. Expertly, concisely and clearly written with deep insights into the history and growth of farming, soil sciences, and farming practices.

Benalla, Vic.

An Important Story for all people


Read to relax and read to learn. This book is in the latter category

Cue, Wetern Australia

Call of the Reed Warbler

4.9 8


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): 0.78