A lovely film about food
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
This shot shows the stark difference in the results produced by different farming methods, regenerative on the left, extractive on the right. It's a still from a short film by Farmers Footprint Australia about a few of the people in the Australian regenerative agriculture movement, including Feather and Bone, Charlie Massy, Bruce Pascoe, Charlie Arnott and many more.
This image is very similar to a NSW farm photo we used in the 'Soil' chapter of our book, The Ethical Omnivore. It's mystifying to me that this kind of evidence doesn't empty the aisles of supermarkets and prompt stampedes of consumers at farmers markets across the country, or why it doesn't encourage farmers to ditch the drugs of diminishing returns and become Regen Ag converts.
But, while holistic thinking isn't yet the norm, there's no doubt that more and more of these boundary lines are popping up across the landscape and the logic of Regen Ag is really taking hold at all levels. As the farmer says in the film, "It's so blindingly simple."
These are tantalisingly exciting times for everyone involved in the campaign to shift Australia from an extractive, growth-at-all-costs agricultural model to a more sustainable, balanced, holistic approach. Maybe this is the time for change?
Farmer's Footprint Australia is a not-for-profit platform giving voice to the growing community of Australians engaged in supporting farming practices designed to improve human health, mitigate the impacts of climate change and build a thriving future.