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2018 Mick Dark Talk for the Future: Charles Massy - It's time to wake up

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The 2018 Mick Dark Talk for the Future is presented by Varuna and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. We would also like to thank event supporters Megalong Books, the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, Science at the Local, The Big Fix and Lyttleton Stores.

Charles Massy - It's time to wake up: Can regenerative farming save both the planet and human health?

As we enter further into the Anthropocene epoch, the exciting and growing movement of regenerative agriculture (and a connected healthy food culture) appears to be one of our best bets in addressing profound existential threat. In healing the degraded inter-related Earth Systems, regenerative agriculture could well prove our planetary saviour. At the same time, it can play a fundamental role in addressing the parallel dystopia of human ill-health. Regenerative agriculture can serve - is already serving - as a major disruptive movement which challenges the dominant economic rationalist paradigm that has catapulted us into the Anthropocene. This new farming and healthy food movement - where landscapes and people (both rural and urban) are joined at the hip - comprises a true underground insurgency.


Charles Massy gained a BSc (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led to him completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.

He has chaired and served as a Director on a number of national and international review panels and boards of business, research organisations and statutory wool bodies, involving garment manufacture, wool marketing, R&D, molecular genetics and genomics.

Charles has engaged in freelance journalism since 1977, widely publishing across a range of subjects including mountaineering, history, ecology and the environment, plus fiction and poetry. His first two books told the history of the Australian Merino and his third book, Breaking the Sheep’s Back (2011), recounted the political destruction of the Australian wool industry. The latter was short listed in 2012 for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. He also contributed a chapter to the ground-breaking anthology Fair Food (2015).

His new book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth (UQP Sept. 2017) concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human health (physical and mental).

Charles still manages the family’s grazing property in NSW while teaching at universities and consulting widely in the fields of Merino breeding, landscape design, and transformative change in agriculture.

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