Category Archives: Food Issues

Feature Interviews by Future Directions International with Dr Maarten Stapper: The Link Between Healthy Food and Biological Farming

The Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme of Future Directions International (FDI) is pleased to release a two-part Feature Interview:

What affects Gut Health, Food Quality and Soil Health? How are they connected?

A dietician’s and agricultural scientist’s insights and suggestions. Summary from Baw Baw Food Movement workshop ‘Healthy soils, Nutritional food, Healthy people‘, 21 September 2017. By Marieke Rodenstein, Dietitian and Nutritionist ( and Dr Maarten Stapper, Farming Systems Agronomist The mention … Continue reading

Building Healthy Communities

Dr Maarten Stapper discussed food production & processing, with support of Marieke Rodenstein, nutritionist & dietitian, ‘How our gut flora influences our health’. World-wide industrial farming practices are degrading soils and bringing about dependency on the use of more synthetic … Continue reading

Matching Supply with the Demand for Healthy Foods

by Dr Maarten Stapper Conference AGRIFOOD XXIII: ‘Food and the Asian Century: Opportunities and Challenges in the ‘Neighbourhood’ Industrial farming compromises both environment and food quality. Industrial farming is degrading soils to low fertility, instigating increasing dependency on synthetic fertilisers … Continue reading

The Real ‘Clean & Green’ Farming and Demand for Healthy Foods

Dr Maarten Stapper FAIA, BioLogic AgFood PO Box 4209, Weston Creek ACT 2611 World-wide soils are degrading to lower fertility under high-input farming, thus requiring more and more synthetic fertilizers and chemicals which do exacerbate the problem. The outcomes on … Continue reading

Higher Nutrient Density with Agroecological Farming

Maarten was invited to give a paper about the health outcomes of organic-biological farm practices at the 3rd International Conference on The Science of Nutrition in Medicine and Healthcare in Sydney, Australia, May 3-5, 2013. The conference brochure states that … Continue reading

Sustainable Farming for a Sustainable City

Presentation by Maarten Stapper for the Sustainable Farming for a Sustainable City Forum at Richmond, NSW on 23 September, organised by NSW Farmers and the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance. ‘Healthy Ecosystems for Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning‘ Both producers and consumers … Continue reading

Healthy Soils = Healthy Food = Healthy People

Healthy Soils = Healthy Food = Healthy People by Maarten was published in Clean Food Organics, Issue 13: p66-69.

VIDEO: Feed the World

Maarten addresses the issue of having to feed 9 billion people on planet Earth by 2050. Can we do this? Currently we have 1 billion people eating too much refined and processed food that money can buy and 1 billion … Continue reading

VIDEO: We eat soil, make soils healthy!

Dr Maarten Stapper was challenged to tell in three minutes why healthy soils are important for mankind! Similar short presentations were given by twenty people at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems in Melbourne on 25 May … Continue reading