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Reformed farmer Charles Massy gives hope for the planet

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This ground-breaking book changes the way we think about, farm and grow food. 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 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 a naive, 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.

Whether you are a farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker or public leader Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our Earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

Hear Charles Massy at Byron Writers Festival on Friday 3 August and Saturday 4 August.

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