It is a very thorough book
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).
It is a very thorough book
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.
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.
Would be good for a farmer if the ideas were more quickly accessible
"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
It givez a guide to the enviroment conection with agriculture and how th do agriculture without damaging the environment and be in harmony witb it
Gawler east south australia
I am the former owner of land that Massy stopped beside on his trip through the Liverpool Plains (p.165). Naturally, I take issue with his 'roadside assessment' of the farming practices there. I wouldn't assume to judge the management of his high country grazing property, with its vastly different topography, soils and climate. This lack of local knowledge doesn't stop Massy however, and in the following pages he reveals that lack by demonstrating a complete misunderstanding of the environmental challenges there. By a strange co-incidence, like Massy, I returned to university after 25 years as a farmer, and did an environmental science degree at his alma mater, the Fenner School at ANU. Massy is described as an agricultural scientist, but there is precious little science in this book. I found his endless assertions based on little more than personal anecdote tiring and unconvincing. Where he does quote an objective source, it adds very little weight to his arguments. For example, I urge readers to investigate the paper on which he bases his objections to glyphosate (Samsel and Seneff); this paper is so discredited that even the Huffington Post dismissed it. Yet Massy devotes over five pages uncritically discussing its conclusions. The book represents a lost opportunity. Undoubtedly, agriculture has negative environmental impacts, some of them severe. But remaining productive while minimizing environmental damage is a complex challenge, requiring a both a change in mind-set AND the use of science and technology. Massy's 'regenerative' farming philosophy may suit the low-input desires of a financially comfortable grazier near Canberra, but it is of no use where productivity is important and a reasonable financial return is required, which is the reality faced by most farmers worldwide. Massy's simple solution will mostly resonate with those who know little enough about agriculture that they believe such simple solutions exist.
North Coast, NSW
Compilation of case studies that promotes pesticide and fertiliser free; low input - low output agriculture. Lacking in data but full of emotional responses to the larger agricultural industries in Australia. It is a good overview of current alternative agricultural thinking- promoting a suite of non- mainstream ideology based approaches to agriculture. The thesis is well developed but dismisses mainstream agriculture without much data. Are the other 95% of our farmers that bad? Massey portrayed farmers who replace nutrients exported in commodities with fertiliser and those who use phosphorus fertiliser to boost legumes as bad. He highlights examples of people who have adopted low input approaches- but there is no economic data.
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.
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