Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018 - Food supply - 528 pages

"Charles Massy has written a definitive masterpiece that takes its place along with the writings of Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, Masanobu Fukuoka, Humberto Maturana, and Michael Pollan. No work has more brilliantly defined regenerative agriculture and the breadth of its restorative impact upon human health, biodiversity, climate, and ecological intelligence." --Paul Hawken

In Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy explores regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health.

It is the story of how a grassroots revolution--a true underground insurgency--can save the planet, help reduce and reverse climate change, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

Using his personal experience as a touchstone--from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health--Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. With evocative stories, he shows how other innovative and courageous farmers are finding a new way.

At stake is not only a revolution in human health and in our communities, but the very survival of the planet. For farmers, backyard gardeners, food buyers, health workers, policy makers, and public leaders alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward and a powerful and moving paean of hope.

It's not too late to regenerate the earth. Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our planet, and our health.

 

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Massy (Breaking the Sheep’s Back), a veteran Australian sheep farmer, provides a thorough and illuminating exploration of the movement for sustainable and regenerative farming gaining popularity in ... Read full review

Call of the Reed Warbler

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Farmer and author Charles Massy has been thinking intensely about the environment and our relationship to it for most of his life. Brought up in the industrial farming tradition, with its heavy use of ... Read full review

Contents

PART II
45
Regenerating the SolarEnergy Function
58
Regenerating the Water Cycle
104
Regenerating the SoilMineral Cycle
145
Farming without Farming
166
Dancing under the Moon
194
Regenerating Dynamic Ecosystems
212
Blessed Are the Meek
230
Source of a Healthy
313
PART III
330
Transforming Ourselves
356
Healing Earth
382
Healing Ourselves
398
Towards an Emergent Future
430
Acknowledgements
447
Notes
477

Listen to the Land
251
Design with Nature
294

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About the author (2018)

Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science at Australian National University (ANU) in 1976 before going farming for 35 years and developing the prominent Merino sheep stud "Severn Park". Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity's sustainability challenge led him to return to ANU in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. Charles was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service as chair and director of a number of research organizations and statutory wool boards. He has also served on national and international review panels in sheep and wool research and development and genomics. Charles has authored several books on the Australian sheep industry, the most recent being the widely acclaimed Breaking the Sheep's Back , which was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Australian Literary Awards in Australian History in 2012.

Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of Defending Beef . She previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm-animal welfare.nbsp; She is the author of Righteous Porkchop (HarperCollins, 2009) and has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times , Los Angeles Times , Huffington Post , and The Atlantic online. She lives on a ranch in Northern California, with her husband, Bill Niman, and their two sons.

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