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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 audiobook 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 of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

©2017 Charles Massy (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Comprehensive

I have studied regenerative agriculture, organic farming, holistic health etc for 20yrs this book integrates th most comprehenisve list of approaches to heal both humanity and our environment. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in their own health or the capacity of this planet to support human health.

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Charles Massey -the Aussie Sir David Attenborough

Charles Massey is the Aussie Sir David Attenborough... so easy to listen to and emanates a contageous passion and deep knowledge of agriculture, ecosystems and human influence in it all. The change we need to see in this world.

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A trove of idea's and methodology which makes common sense. Just be prepared for repetition of facts and idea's and sales like banter Completely worth it.

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well researched well written

easy to understand and listen to top points bloke. very heart felt and i also saw your abc story too.

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Good but not amazing

I enjoyed the audio book however I found it repetitive. A lot of similar stories and case studies that could probably be lumped together and chop a couple hours off the recording. However! Enlightening and enjoyable to say the least.

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I thought this was so well narrated with so much feeling for the welfare of the environment and the planet by a man who is a 5th generation farmer who has studied the science of farming at the highest level at university. His writing takes the reader with him in his travels around the world meeting like minded farmers with a similar passion for the earth as he does.... and in so doing reveals how desertification has been overcome by regenerative farming . Eventhough I’ve never had any farming experience and didn’t understand some of his technical explanations I feel I’ve learnt so much from his book and I think it should be on every school ciriculum.

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Definitive guide to regenerative agriculture in AU

Charles Massy does an excellent job of describing the potential of healing our mother earth as well as ourselves through our connection wifi her via regenerative agriculture from a scientific, indigenous, historical and spiritual perspective. He shares stories of farmers going against the grain to rejuvenate their slice of country to the mutual benefits of biodiversity, soil carbon and hence climate as well as economically through increased yields in the absence of rising chemical inputs. They shift their relationship from one of mechanical management through ongoing ecocide to one of mutual regeneration and flourishing. A must read for anyone interested in our long term future as a species.

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One mans journey into the future of agriculture

As a new, small scale farmer who’s interested in low impact farming, this book is an interesting history lesson and one that’s well researched and could well be the bulk of his PhD thesis. The book is also a philosophical lesson about how humans have evolved with respect to the land it occupies and the resources it relies upon, leading to conclusions of how we ought to think on how we humans treat the soils we rely on to ensure a sustainable future. Charles Massey also includes his personal journey as a farmer and that of his neighbouring farming friend and those around the world to offer up additional evidence of how regenerative farming feeds both the souls of man and that of Mother Nature.

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World changing

A non judgmental research into the fundamental principles of why we got where we are, what passionate people are doing to heal the earth, and inspirational thinking to empower the humble to take part in their version of healing. What an incredible amount of work that has gone into this book! Charles I only hope I can understand and practice these principles as well as you and others have. Thank you for your gift, your passion and hard work

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Brilliantly written, a clear call to action. Regenerative agriculture can save the planet. Everyone needs to know. Best book I’ve ever read!!

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