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KILLING OUR SOILS: INDUSTRIAL FOOD PRODUCTION THE CULPRIT

    An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that industrially produced fruit and vegetables are robbing our plants of their own protection system and significantly reducing their mineral and antioxidant properties. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says fruit and vegetables are mass produced in soils lacking the essential ingredient – microbes. “A teaspoon of healthy soil can have a billion microbes and in a healthy soil, there can be 50,000 different species of microbes”, Dr Stapper says. “Microbes are the smallest organisms on Planet Earth and they are the most ....

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DROUGHT SUMMIT SHOULD FOCUS ON SUCCESSES, NOT FAILURES

  “Illawong”, Bowna, October 17,2018 Australia’s National Soil Advocate and Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, says tomorrow’s Drought Summit should focus on successful farmers who continue to prosper, despite the drought. “We were delighted that the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon David Littleproud and the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack visited Mulloon Creek near Bungendore today”, General Jeffery said. “The late Tony Coote was one of the visionary pioneers of regenerative agriculture and hiscatchment of over 10 farms has now pursued regenerative techniques as a result of his outstanding ....

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MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS

MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that modern methods of producing marketable fruit and vegetables are leading to increases in allergies and illness, especially in young people. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says foods grown in soils depleted of essential minerals and soil carbon, and treated with chemicals, are lowering our immune systems.   “The food that we buy is now less nutritious than it was in the past, and that is because the food has lower mineral content, lower nutrients like antioxidants and ....

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NATIONAL SOILS ADVOCATE SAYS DROUGHT RELIEF “SIMPLY CRISIS MANAGEMENT”

4 October 2018   NATIONAL SOILS ADVOCATE SAYS DROUGHT RELIEF “SIMPLY CRISIS MANAGEMENT” Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery, says the Federal Government’s drought assistance measures are “simply crisis management”. In the latest video in the Soils For Life video series, General Jeffery says the drought afflicting the eastern seaboard has produced outpourings of sympathy, money and donations in kind from Australians presented with pictures of dust bowls, starving sheep and stressed farming families. “It’s sad to see, but the $1.8 billion in support that the government has been forced to provide, along with donations of hay and other feedstock, ....

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NEW CASE STUDY PROVES SUPER FUNDS AND NATIONAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT A SUCCESSFUL MIX

4 October 2018 NEW CASE STUDY PROVES SUPER FUNDS AND NATIONAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT A SUCCESSFUL MIX A new case study published by Soils For Life examines the successful regenerative practices of a Victorian farming operation managed by the Kilter Rural company. FFL (Future Farming Landscapes) at Winlaton in the Murray Darling Basin is an investment model - the brainchild of Kilter Rural founders. It involved turning agriculture into a mainstream investment for institutions and professional investors. The company, Kilter Rural, is succeeding where many have failed. In the early 2000s, Kilter Rural worked with VicSuper to commit more than $200 million into a “greenfields” ....

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Check out these amazing school projects looking at soil!

The Science Investigation Awards are a state wide competition which engage students in experimental design and scientific enquiry. The Awards are for students in years 4 to 12 studying science. The competition encourages students to use science investigation skills – how to design and test a hypothesis, manage variables and replications, write a science report and communicate results to research a topic of interest and produce a scientific investigation report in a poster form. Ben Stockwin, CEO of PIEFA, was the head judge for the awards. He was highly impressed by the number of entries that focused on soil science. He took ....

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PLANNING FOR DROUGHT AND PROFIT IN THE MONARO

With 100% of New South Wales still in drought, how does the Monaro’s Charlie Maslin still have full ground cover, flowing streams and no need to back up the feed truck? In the latest Soils For Life video interview at Charlie Maslin YouTube, Charlie Maslin explains how his property, “Gunningrah” is making a profit and why he and his wife Anne have more time on their hands. Charlie explains that his rainfall figures are 35% less than normal for the past 8 months. “In the last 12 months we’ve gone through quite a dry period. Conventionally, farmers back the feed trucks in and agist stock and try ....