Featured on Australian Story, Peter Andrews is a racehorse breeder and farmer credited with remarkable success in converting degraded, salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures. His methods are so at odds with conventional scientific wisdom that for 30 years he has been dismissed and ridiculed as a madman. He has faced bankruptcy and family break-up. But now, on the brink of ecological disaster, leading politicians, international scientists and businessmen are beating a path to his door as they grapple with how best to alleviate the affects of drought on the Australian landscape. Described as a man who reads and understands the Australian landscape better than most scientists, supporters of Peter Andrews claim he has done what no scientist ever thought to do - he has restored streams and wetlands to the way they were before European settlement interfered with them. the startling results of his natural sequence farming are said to have been achieved very cheaply, simply and quickly.
This book, along with it's companion, Beyond the Brink, should be required reading for all politicians, as well as all students at ag colleges.
Simple solutions to a complex problem - and they've been staring at us all this time.
Peter's complete lack of concern for the Holy Cows of traditional land management tenets are a breath of fresh air in this overly sensitive age.
he not only tells it like it is, he has actually done it, and has the proof right there for anyone to see.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in our landscape.
Written by farmer, Peter Andrews, this down-to-earth book contains the sum of his extensive knowledge of farming in Australia. In particular, he shares his insights on the patterns of water and nutrient distribution and cycling in Australian landscapes, relating his experiences of successfully revitalising salt-damaged, eroded land in the Hunter Valley of NSW. This book, written in pretty plain language, is a must-read for any farmer and grazier looking at preventing or solving salinity problems on their land and an excellent read for anyone looking to bone-up on agriculture in Australia. Recommended read for High School Ag students as well.
Water makes up more than a third of our bodies and is an essential requirement in production of all fresh foods.Water mismanagement is a problem on every continent and will at some stage impact on the economic and physical health of most people on this planet. Peter Andrews has spent a life time observing nature, and the passage of water through the soil. An astute and expert observer, he has experimented and found many answers which are often at variance with the ideas of the establishment. He shares with the reader, his philosophy of soil hydrology and the solutions to return a dry red continent back to its former greener and wetter glory.
This is possibly the most important book to come out of Australia in the past decade. You can borrow it from your local library as I did, but you will most likely end up wanting your own copy to read again and again.
A must read for anyone involved in care of the land or in food production.
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