Episode 230. Evolution & Response

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 7th of September 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil

Way back in episode 144 I delved into the misunderstandings we have to deal with when the word “Evolution” arises. To give a quick summary: There’s a feral pest in Australia called the cane toad. Introduced in the 1930s into the state of Queensland, against the advice of the scientists but in time for an election. The toads were supposed to eat the cane beetles ravaging the sugar industry at the time. The toad, once introduced, avoided the cane beetles and started chewing through native frogs, toads and reptiles. The toads carry a poison on their back, excreted through glands. These toads have spread south into northern NSW, north through Queensland and west into the Northern Territory. Continue reading “Episode 230. Evolution & Response”

Episode 226. We Need a Regeneration Revolution

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 11th of  August 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Soil

Today we’re going to discuss regeneration in particular regeneration of the soil and ecosystems. Over the last 50 to 75 years, basically since the second world war we’ve gone through a period of destruction. In effect a faustian bargain in which we gave up 1% of our topsoil every year in return for production returns. Continue reading “Episode 226. We Need a Regeneration Revolution”

Episode 28: RoundUp, Soil & Square Foot Gardening

This is the World Organic News Podcast for the week ending 15th of August 2016.

Jon Moore reporting!

This week we begin with some disturbing news from the European Parliament! A number of MEPs agreed to have their urine tested for glyphosate and they all tested positive to the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. The blog theinternationalreporter.org reported on this unpleasant issue. By way of coincidence I was in discussion with a friend on their new land acquisition in the hills of Gloucester NSW. He casually mentioned the local large landholders find the country too steep to spot spray with Roundup so they use aerial techniques. Now there is an economic imperative for the landholders not to “waste” spray on waterways, non target areas or neighbour’s properties but aerial spraying is an inexact science. The sprayed paddocks not only include lantana and blackberries but cattle too. Whilst Monsanto argues for glyphosate breaking down quickly in the environment, the article from theinternationalreporter.org would point to failings in this argument.  Continue reading “Episode 28: RoundUp, Soil & Square Foot Gardening”