Is it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our planet.
This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – 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.
Using his personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2,000-hectare property to a state of natural health – Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows – through evocative stories – how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness.
At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.
Copyright 2018, softcover, 528 pages.
About the Author
Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming for 35 years, 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.
Praise for Call of the Reed Warbler
"A definitive masterpiece...The single most important book on agriculture today." -Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, editor of Drawdown
"Part lyrical nature writing...part solid scientific evidence...part memoir, (this) book is an elegant manifesto, an urgent call to stop trashing the Earth and start healing it." -The Guardian
"Massy's beliefs are grounded in practical experience, his vision clear, and his words inspiring. A must-read!" -Courtney White, author of Grass, Soil, Hope
"A massive accomplishment and contribution to our collective work of building a new agriculture, a new Earth, and a renewed human society and health." -Allan Savory, president and cofounder of the Savory Institute