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The Organic Stream

The Organic Stream

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The Organic Stream
34 min2016 APR 28
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EPISODE SUMMARYWhile we will continue to make new episodes, there are times when we feel the urge to highlight a past episode - because the topic it covers becomes news and the show shares some great insights, or because it is content that our newer listeners might have missed out on. Since last year was the International Year of Soils, we will be republishing a few of our best episodes about soil and soil health to get a fresh perspective in light of all the progress that has been made on the issue.Today's retro episode is all about policy, and the Australian experience.Our guests are former Governor General of Australia and Advocate for Soil Health, Major General Michael Jeffery, and co-founder of Ylad Living Soils Rhonda Daly. In this episode we discover the crucial elements needed to build a comprehensive policy framework that will protect not only our soils but our landscapes. We look at the current Australian system, soil health, incentives for compost production, farm management practices, and the need to change our systems in order to better reward and support our land managers – the stewards of the earth. We then link this back to the current recommendations made in the FAO's report Status of the World's Soil Resources.Links to other episodes in the Series:Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3-LINKS:Episode 2: Drought Special #3: Fighting A Drought: Levers for the Public Sector.Status of the World’s Soil Resources 2015, Technical Summary. FAO Report.-FEATURED EVENTInternational Compost Awareness Week Australia. May 2nd - 8th. New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE).International Composting Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. We can compost to help scrap carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.--Photo by suburbanbloke / CC BY