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
Dr Maarten Stapper presented this talk for the 10th International Permaculture Convergence in September 2011 at Wadi Rum, Jordan. It gives an overview of emerging regenerative farming practices, away from high-input industrial farming. Biological Farming is a regenerative, agroecological practice between the opposites of industrial and organic farming. This 3rd way of farming takes the best practices from both while maximizing soil health, and water and nutrient use efficiencies.
A warning 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 vitamins, and it also has likely chemical residues and a higher water content”, Dr Stapper says.
A labour of love by Margaret and Maarten! Enjoy looking at the plants, produce and preserves of their organic fruit and vegetable gardens. High quality and exquisite in taste when eaten fresh, dried or preserved in pots or freezer. There is always something to eat. They have the gardens around their townhouse and at the Organic Community Garden of COGS in Holder. The gardens are also mentioned in The Canberra Times: Scientist Maarten Stapper takes us inside his Canberra garden.
A fun get together at the Wicklow Hotel on Wednesday evening 11th April hosted by Dr James O’Hanlon (UNE). From Indigenous medicine to modern agriculture, plants are at the root of our very survival. Learn about where traditional knowledge and science meet to harness the tasty, toxic and therapeutic powers of plants! Maarten joined Dr Harry White and Michelle McKemey in sharing their fascination for the power of plants. Maarten talked about using the power of nature in farming and gardening, followed by Harry and Michelle talking about their book ‘Bush Tucker, Boomerangs & Bandages’.
Published 11 April 2018
During a day about future agriculture some 100 students from Armidale High School, New England Girls School, O’Connor Catholic College, Presbyterian Ladies College, Farrer Agricultural Boys College Tamworth and Guyra High School learned in four groups about four aspects of regenerative agriculture, with a concluding Q&A session and farewell. The Armidale Express reported on this event the next day under the headline: Agricultural field day plants big ideas for future of farming.
How do you know if you have healthy soil? Look for worms! Dr Maarten Stapper joins us on In Situ Science to chat about how caring for soils and healthy ecosystems can improve our farming practices. Unfortunately modern farming practices, including livestock grazing, pesticide use and synthetic fertilizer use, can actually harm our crops more than they help them.
A New Agriculture – A New Earth
Book by Charles Massy
Originally published 2017 by University of Queensland Press
Author and radical farmer Charles Massy’s book Call of the Reed Warbler explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. According to Massy, we need a revolution — he believes that human health, our communities, and the very survival of the planet depend on it. Charles talks about how he believes a grassroots revolution can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food. Click here to see Charles in conversation with Costa Georgiadis, nature lover and host of ABC’s Gardening Australia.
Continue reading for excerpts from the book describing some of Maarten Stapper’s activities in advocating regenerative farming. Continue reading
Maarten participated in the Great Debate about genetically modified (GM) crops at the 2013 Ausveg National Convention at the Gold Coast on June 1st. Four speakers had been handpicked in the GM debate on the pro and against sides. Where does the horticultural industry want to go? Watch the Great Debate with Chris Uhlmann (ABC) as the moderator.