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Australian Institute of Ecological Agriculture

No. 9 | October 2018
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  • Editorial
  • Opinion piece from Dr Johannes Bauer
  • The Second warning
  • AIEA Initiatives
  • Livestock farming with Joel Salatin
  • Plants and microbes working together
  • Feeding the world from organics
  • Learning about sustainable agriculture
  • AIEA General Annual Meeting
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Change moves at a slow speed particularly when change is of a significant, perhaps paradigmatic, size. In such cases the rate of change is microscopic until the concept behind the change becomes universally accepted. No doubt the flat earth believers ruled supreme for some years before the weight of logic behind the global shape of the planet took hold ... read more.

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Opinion piece from Dr Johannes Bauer

Who is Prof Schellnhuber and why is what he said important?
Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber*, for twenty years the head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and a senior advisor to Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the European Union ... continue reading.

The Second warning

And still on climate change and this one is different!
The Second Warning is a documentary about an OSU researcher who built a worldwide movement with one click of the mouse ... continue reading.
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AIEA Initiatives

The AIEA is currently developing two initiatives that you will hear more about shortly. Initiative 1 is the formation of the Regenerative Agroecology Extension Network (RAEN) and the intention to run seminars and workshops pertaining to regenerative agroecological farming. The second initiative concerns the development of a Professional Accreditation Scheme to enable the accreditation of those who have the necessary theoretical/practical qualification to give advice on regenerative agroecological farming.
The other initiative that we are interested in is the creation of the AIEA as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This would mean that the AIEA could run educational programs at the certificate and diploma level and perhaps higher. What we need is someone in the community with the necessary writing and documentation skills, and with time on their side, to work on such a document. The benefit would be the creation of an RTO which would then serve the needs of an approach to agricultural production that is not catered for by Australian universities or colleges. If you can help with this project please phone Kerry on 0402008100 or email

Livestock farming with Joel Salatin

Got a spare hour? The following presentation by Joel was delivered at the 2016 Sustainable Food Trust Conference.
Joel Salatin Presentation starts here.
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Plants and microbes working together

The AIEA believes that ecology needs to be the focus of all decision making on farms and the following story highlights why this should be so. It tells the story of how plants harness microbes to get nutrients. We can’t see the interaction with our naked eye but we can surely see the outcomes. Take time out to read this story:

Organic production

Feeding the world from organics

Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers ... continue reading.

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Learning about sustainable agriculture

For almost 20 years the Orange campus of firstly the University of Sydney and now Charles Sturt University has been teaching Australian and overseas students about sustainable agriculture ... continue reading.
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AIEA Annual General Meeting 2018

The AGM will be held on Monday, 19th November at 8pm and will be held via a teleconference ... continue reading.

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Newsletter compiled by Kerry Cochrane | Editor
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