Can we afford not to change when we look beyond the individual farm and look at the entire agricultural industry and the way food is produced? What will it cost environmentally, and long-term economically, if we do not change?
Compost tea, if used correctly, can help reduce the use of harmful pesticides through the introduction of beneficial microbes and at the same time bring nutrients that are essential for plant growth and soil functions.
I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.
Agriculture has not always been a destructive, extractive process. Regenerative agriculture is the solution, providing a renewable source of food.
I encourage you to think about farming from a restorative versus destructive, rather than a livestock versus plant-based perspective.
There is a huge issue in agriculture that most of the research, especially prominent research, is driven by the agrochemical agenda.
The goal is to restore agricultural soils to a healthy state – every farm is different, but the principles always apply.
True sustainable, regenerative agriculture will reverse the negative impact of conventional agriculture and result in sustainable food production.
The amazing thing is that all these ecosystem services support greater agricultural production. They can only be unlocked when the soil is viewed as a valuable natural resource that needs to be conserved.