Soils For Life is honoured to present a workshop alongside some of our fellow international experts at the Third Global Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference.

When: Friday 7 December 2018 from 9.00am to 1.00pm

Where: Abercrombie Business School, University of Sydney, Lecture theatre 1050 Darlington Ln & Abercrombie St, Darlington NSW 2006


Contact Niree Creed to register (


9.00 Introduction and welcome – Facilitator

9.10 National Soil Advocate’s report – Restore the Soil, Prosper the Nation


9.45 The UK experience – Patrick Holden and Adele Jones


10.30 Morning Tea

11.00 Facilitated Q&A panel with:

  • Patrick Holden and Adele Jones – The Sustainable Food Trust UK,
  • Di Haggerty – WA farmer,
  • Charlie Maslin – NSW Monaro farmer,
  • Professor Justin Borevitz – Australian National University, and
  • Associate Professor Daniel Tan – Sydney Univ, Sydney Institute of Agriculture
  1. What are we teaching about regenerative agriculture at our agriculture colleges and universities? How relevant is the information to future farmers and agronomists needing to improve the health of the soil and agricultural landscapes overall?
  2. What regenerative agricultural information do farmers need, where is it kept and how should it be delivered?
  3. How did you as a farmer handle this drought and how will you better prepare next time?
  4. Should Natural Capital Evaluation be the new form of valuing a farm (a summary of its economic, environmental and social worth)? How do we get the banks to change?
  5. Is there an acknowledged leading country in regenerative agriculture, who is it and why is it the leader?
  6. Is regenerative agriculture the best way to improve the health of our soil, restore the land and improve productivity into the future? Does it lead to improved economic, environmental and social outcomes? If so why? 

12.45 Wrap up and close

1.00 Lunch


An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that industrially produced fruit and vegetables are robbing our plants of their own protection system and significantly reducing their mineral and antioxidant properties.

In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says fruit and vegetables are mass produced in soils lacking the essential ingredient – microbes.
“A teaspoon of healthy soil can have a billion microbes and in a healthy soil, there can be 50,000 different species of microbes”, Dr Stapper says.“Microbes are the smallest organisms on Planet Earth and they are the most important ones because they feed the soils. They feed the plant to make the plant strong and insects and diseases can’t affect it”.

“Those microbes have been killed by our chemicals over the past 60 to 70 years. The more species are killed, the more problems we get”. “95% of the microbes are beneficial. They support the plant, they feed the plant, they protect the plant and the plant feeds them with carbons leaking out through the root system”.“There’s now scientific evidence that shows that the plant communicates with the microbes in the soil. The plant asks the microbes in the soil for building blocks to make strong new growth, then the microbes make those minerals soluble and deliver them to the plant”

“A meta data analysis in Europe showed that organic food had 50% more antioxidants than the industrial food that we buy in the shops”.
“When a plant faces adverse conditions with the environment, like a drought, or they are attacked by an insect or disease, then those plants can make compounds to protect themselves against foreign invaders and climate conditions, so the plant remains strong.” “And science has now proven that those compounds that are made by the plant are anti oxidants for us, and antioxidants for the grazing animal, so it’s all part of the cycle of life in nature that maintains health and strength”, Dr Stapper said.

Dr. Maarten Stapper’s interview can be found here.

Soils for Life programs demonstrate proven solutions in regenerative landscape management to increase the natural capital value of the Australian landscape – rural, regional and urban.

For more information, contact: Niree Creed, Media, Soils for Life:0418625595


Winlaton is a Future Farming Landscapes investment model for sustainable and regenerative agriculture in the irrigation sector. It is the brainchild of the founders of Kilter Rural and achieves 8% ROI through three income streams – production, the water market and state eco-credits on 8500 ha of aggregated properties. As the southern-most cotton growing enterprise in Australia, it also crops tomatoes & lucerne as part of the rotation, and keeps/restores 40% of area under native vegetation.