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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 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 →

Why the World Needs Regeneration

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.

Industrial Agriculture

We did this by using chemicals: chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides and herbicides and fungicides and it worked. There were lots of famines and people starving in the 1970s. A lot of the techniques developed with chemical inputs saved many people, kept them alive. But the cost! That bill is coming due and we need to pay for it now. If we wait the cost will be so much higher.

A few years back, maybe 20, the idea of sustainability started the kickoff and that was about holding the decline, holding things steady but even then that wasn’t enough. It was never going to be. You could see it then. Being sustainable was great but it wasn’t going to actually improve things and as we’re growing more people every year. We need to actually do something to improve and save our soils. Regeneration is about returning that which was ripped out of the soil by the use of agricultural chemicals. Continue reading →

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 →