ACRES Australia Issue #101 contains 92 pages of informative articles covering Organics, Biodynamics, Farmers’ Markets, On Farm stories and more. Writers include leaders in their fields – Hugh Lovel, Tim Marshall, Julian Cribb, John Paull and Bob Phelps.
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CONTENTS – Issue #101
4 PGS A BOOST FOR LOCAL GROWERS
Participatory Guarantee Systems or more simply PGS is a local certification strategy for farmers and producers. Tim Marshall explains.
6 FARMERS’ MARKETS – A FOODIE’S HEAVEN
Helen Flanagan writes about fresh locally-grown, in-season produce. Buy locally and talk to the farmer.
10 CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS
The once unglamorous appeal of the muddy knees of farming life is now being exchanged for respect.
12 SEASONAL GROWING IS THE KEY
Adam Jones, based in Theebine, Qld, says that seasonal growing is important for his small horticultural farm
14 CONSIDER BIODYNAMICS
Hugh Lovel, internationally acclaimed, biodynamic agricultural consultant operates throughout the Americas, Britain and Europe. He encourages farmers to consider biodynamics.
16 FROM LORD HOWE TO HOGS
Peter Bond, breeds heritage pigs in NSW, and says the fundamentals of organic pigs are portable housing and rotational grazing.
20 GLYPHOSATE: WHAT A FATE
For more than a decade Bob Phelps of Gene Ethics has been an educator on the dangers of glyphosate in farming.
23 THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS!
Meet turmeric growers Greg Godkin and Liz Robson of Merricks Creek Organics on the Bellingen River, NSW; Carl Richardson of Athol Glen Turmeric at Coffs Harbour, Barry Ferrier from Bangalow NSW, and Peter Doff & Wendy Robertson of Super Natural Organics at Cootharaba, Qld.
28 ACT NOW TO STOP GM DEREGULATION
Bob Phelps calls for action. He says production, marketing and export of GM-free food, fibre and fuel would become a lot harder, especially for the organic and biodynamic industries, as key markets such as Europe and China have zero tolerance for GM products.
29 DOWN IN THE GARLIC PATCH
Richard Bennett’s award winning garlic, grown in the Mount Lofty Ranges, SA, can be found at the famous Willunga Farmers’ Markets in SA.
31 UNDERSTANDING ORGANIC CERTIFICATION
For more than 30 years there has been certification of organics in Australia for the benefit of the farmer and the consumer. Tim Marshall delves into the complexities.
35 AUSTRALIA LEADS THE WORLD
For the past five years, the growth of organics in Australia has accelerated to 22 per cent per year – Dr John Paull & Dr Benjamin Hennig.
37 MARKET GARDENING WITHIN THE SOIL FOOD WEB
Hugh Lovel takes us on a trip to his market gardens and explains the how-to.
40 FOOD WILL DECIDE THE HUMAN FUTURE
Julian Cribb believes there is an irrefutable argument to change our old food system in favour of one that can withstand climate change, using vastly less land, water and toxic chemicals.
41 IS CLIMATE CHANGE REAL?
Tim Marshall discusses his thoughts and observations on climate change.
45 UNDERSTANDING WEATHER MODERATION
A straight-forward view from a practical, astute academic and farm consultant, Hugh Lovel, who displays balance, logic and viewpoint.
50 ACRES ARCHIVES: FARMERS HOLD THE KEY
Five billion hectares of global agricultural land can sequester 37 gigatons of CO2 per annum. – nearly all of the world’s CO2 output
53 LEIFERT TAKES TOP JOB
Internationally renowned organics expert Professor Leifert has been appointed to Southern Cross University to head up the first research centre within a university, based at Lismore Campus.
55 IS CERTIFIED FOOD BETTER FOR YOU
A growing body of evidence is leading many researchers to conclude that certified organic produce has many benefits to human health.
56 ORGANIC CERTIFICATION: GETTING IT RIGHT
Newly formed Organic Consumers Association of Australia (OCAA) intends to encourage organic-friendly food and farm policy and has a determination to ensure that the standards set are achieved so that consumers can rely on certified produce.
59 NINETY PER CENT OF AUSTRALIANS BELIEVE GM PRODUCTS ARE UNSAFE
Just four GMO crops account for more than 99 per cent of GMO agriculture hectares. The ‘big four’ of GM crops are GM soy, GM corn, GM cotton and GM canola. By Dr John Paull & Dr Benjamin Hennig.
60 GMO DEREGULATION A THREAT TO AUSTRALIA
The proposed redefinition of GMOs would send Australia out on a flimsy limb of go-it-alone GMO deregulation. Many GMOs would fall outside the proposed redefinition of GMOs and would thereby be unregulated – Dr John Paull.
62 DESERTIFICATION AUSTRALIA AND THE PERFECT STORM
Adam Willson specialises in regenerative and organic farming and says the hydrology of the Australian landscape has completely changed within the last 70 years, reducing biodiversity, reducing soil health and drying the catchment.
66 ACRES ARCHIVES: NATURAL SEQUENCE FARMING FOUNDER IN HIGH DEMAND
NSF Founder Peter Andrews, and Soils for Life Founder Major-General Jeffrey, on the challenges of regenerating the Australian landscape.
69 ACRES ARCHIVES: THE IMPORTANCE OF WINTER
Hugh Lovel examines brix, soil biochemistry, life force, the Hieronymus experiment, the big picture, Steiner’s insights, lime and silica, the ethers, patterns for agriculture and more in this important article.
79 REGENERATIVE CROPPING BUILDS SOIL CARBON
The aim of adopting ‘regenerative cropping’ is to build the soil to ensure efficient production, resilience against drought and a promise to regenerate degraded soils.
81 THE SECRET INGREDIENT
Bevan Mcleod claims that his soil conditioner improves soil aeration and water penetration, provides nutrients in a non-leaching form and helps to regulate soil pH.
83 THE MECHANISM OF SILICA
High concentrations of silica not only give plants mechanical strength but can also help protect them against disease, pests and environmental stress – Robert Drewitt, Agronomist.
84 GREENING THE HARVEST
Frances and Jeff Michaels, founders and proprietors of organic supply company Green Harvest, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, chat to Tim Marshall on how they got started and what inspired them.
86 PERCY WESTON – A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
At the age of 97 yrs Percy Weston published his book Cancer: Cause & Cure in which he documented how he turned his farm into his “living natural laboratory”. Weston describes how he cured himself of cancer and was able to bring about a remarkable turnaround in the health of his crops and sheep.
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