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Episode 235. The ChangeUnderground

This is the World Organic News whoops! The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 19th of October 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

So I bit the bullet, changed the podcast name and artwork. Let me know what you think. So what can you expect with this momentous change? Pretty much what I’ve been doing. I’ve just adjusted the name to the content. But as I dive more deeply into this regenerative thing, I’ve started to question everything.  Continue reading →

Episode 205. Regenerative Farming With Chickens

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 2nd of  March 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Why Chooks?

This week I’m diving deeply into the humble chook. Known outside of Australasia as the chicken or hen, Here they are chooks. Get used to the word as it’s just what I use. Maybe you could spread this practice to where you live? A little linguistic trading. Continue reading →

Fractional Farming

Fractional farming is a way of understanding the process of life creation. If we can retain the free energy of the sun in varying forms on the land of which we are custodians, then we are given the opportunity to increase our sunlight credits. As each unit of feed passes through an action – digestion, composting, plant growth – we are able to add more of the sun’s radiant light to our store of organic matter. Continue reading →

Episode 200: First Principles Continued: Soil

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 27th of January 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

A little housekeeping: A big shout out the Len, a Londoner living in sunny Spain. Thanks for the feedback man, really appreciated.

As you would have heard, this is episode 200. Next Saturday will be the fourth birthday of World Organic News. If you look on Libsyn you’ll see the 31st of January 2016 as our start date but that’s a time zone thing. The First of Feb it is. A big thank you to everyone who’s listened during those four years. There have been moments when I’ve wondered if I was making any headway and every time I’ve reached that point someone across this beautiful planet has reached out and kept me going, even if they didn’t realise it at the time. So a great big thank you once again for listening and let’s kick on for the next four years!

This week we continue our journey down the first principles rabbit whole with a look at soil. Continue reading →

Episode 187. Ploughing, Chemicals and Monoculture

This is the World Organic News for the week ending the 23rd of September 2019.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

A couple of Sundays ago I heard a podcast from the ABC here in Australia entitled: Land use, climate change and the role of soil.


Rear Vision looks at how we come to farm the way we do and how that fits into the climate change story.

This is not a program about organic farming but it is a program about soil.

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I think it’s time we moved beyond organic anyway. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, most organic certification systems rely upon systems that do everything chemical farming does but without the chemicals. The same or more use of diesel and days of hand weeding. There is a better way. Many of them.

The show looks at three areas needing attention in Australian and world, now, probably 20 years go but definitely now. 

  • Cultivation
    • We know but so many don’t
    • Destroying mycillia
    • Destroying bacteria
    • Mud bricks
    • And, of course, loss of soil carbon
      • Which means more CO2 in the atmosphere
  • Chemical additives
    • Poisons the soil microbiome
      • As they die they provide food for plants
      • Once dead, more chemicals needed
    • The faustian pact: more production for 1% of topsoil loss
      • So we have between 40 and 100 harvests left, 60 is the most common figure quoted
    • Embedded carbon in the production system
      • From production to transport
      • Korean Natural Farming/Zero Budget Natural Farming
        • Using what’s available where you are
    • The debt spiral.
  • Monoculture
    • This is somewhat obvious with a little thought.
      • Biomimicry
        • The Steppe
        • The Prairies
        • The Rangelands of South Africa, Australia, South America
      • “Efficiency”
        • Henry Ford approach
        • Boredom
      • Counter intuitive systems stability 
        • Mechanical = minimum number of moving parts
        • Biological = more layers/interconnections
        • Set the systems in motion, monitor!
  • What I’m putting in place
    • No-dig
    • No chemicals
      • Making compost
      • Growing a worm farm
    • Monoculture
      • This is where things get interesting
        • Ten beds
        • 27 seed varieties flowers/vegetables
        • Set a non regular grid pattern based upon 10x10cm squares
        • Companion planting
      • One bed per week over ten weeks
        • Succession planting
        • Seeing what works
        • Seeing what doesn’t
        • Recording results
    • This is my current response to the no monoculture principle.
      • If anyone has other ideas, I’d love to hear them.

The Online Conference Living Soil ~ Backyard Regen hosted by World Organic News and Permaculture Plus finished up last Wednesday, 16 September. It seems a great time was had by all. The knowledge our presenters delivered was powerful. I’m thinking of making the individual night’s sessions available, if you’re interested in that let me know at media@worldorganicnews.com

That’s about it for this week.

Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next week.



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Episode 36: Thistles, A Change of Attitude & A Soil Ethic!

This is the World Organic News podcast catch up episode.

Jon Moore reporting!

Well at long last the voice is back, sort of and I have some thoughts to catch up on and some housekeeping too.

Housekeeping first. A heartfelt thanks to Angry Genghis for the review on iTunes. Really, thank you so much. I might point out though that I’m not in New Zealand but in Australia. The wonder of the interwebs is the dissolution of borders and the possibility of direct conversations across the globe. If anyone is doing interesting things out there and would like to be interviewed, drop me a line at: podcast@worldorganicnews.com. 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 →