Last night’s “Four Corners” program about the impact of climate change should send urgent signals to Australia’s farmers about the need to re-assess their practices to cope with  warmer temperatures.

Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, said the temperature increases monitored by farmers and wine makers were alarming.

“ Martin Royds, at Jillamatong, was one of our first case studies for Soils for Life (jillamatong). In last night’s program, he noted a 2.4 degree increase in maximum temperatures since 1985”, General Jeffery said.

“Martin has dramatically changed his practices to incorporate rotational grazing, surface cultivation, direct sowing, watercourse management and the use of organic waste as fertilisers with great success”.

“Martin is one of a growing band of regenerative farmers who are realising that some aspects of traditional agriculture have robbed their soils, pastures and watercourses of essential nutrients”. 

“Our case studies show success story after success story of farmers who have made the transition to different practices, to save their farms and their futures. They serve as exemplars for the rest of the farming community”.

“On a wider scale, the science proves that farming also has the answers to the looming disaster which climate change represents. Deep, nutrient rich soils store more carbon than all of the world’s forests combined, and are fundamental to our survival”.

“Many of our farmers face depleted soils and the increasing costs of non-organic chemicals just to plant a crop or provide sufficient pasture, but our case studies show remarkable results as a result of common sense changes”.

“Last night’s program should be a major wake up call, not just for farmers, but for all Australians”, General Jeffery said. 

Soils for Life programs demonstrate proven solutions in regenerative landscape management to increase the natural capital value of the Australian landscape – rural, regional and urban. Find out more at: www.soilsforlife.org.au.

 For more information, contact: Niree Creed, Media, Soils for Life:0418625595


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