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About Healthy Soils Australia

 We - Healthy Soils Australia - are a network of great number of leading innovative farmers, scientists and advocates. We want to increase the amount of land in Australia, and globally, being transitioned to regenerative farming. We are catalysts who work with others to provide soil related solutions to address their priorities and outcomes. Predominantly we have done, and continue to do this by:
  • establishing what innovative farmers and graziers are doing, in their individual ways, to create healthy soils.
  • becoming an integrator voice for all individuals and organisations with healthy soils on their agenda.
  • raising awareness about healthy soils - providing free access to a wide range of reliable and relevant research, practical information, and discussion on soil remediation solutions at conferences and at regional workshops
  • promoting the recognition of the capital value of sequestered soil carbon and a fair price for land managers.
  • presenting soil related issues to government, business and the community, such as scientific and relevant information to National Advocate for Soil Health former Governor General Michael Jeffery.
  • writing explanatory briefs on how we rehydrate and cool our planet through sustainable agriculture.
Some of our highlights from the last few years include: - working with leading farmers to create business innovation plans. - guiding, supporting, facilitating and enabling our partner Soils for Life to compile Case Studies. - collaborating with Future Directions International to outline a vision to Regenerate Australia - running a session at Global Soils Week in Berlin - being a Founding Partner to the 4p1000 Initiative, a global initiative to increase soil carbon by 0.4% so as to combat food and water insecurity, and climate change - being part of the Farmer's Delegation at the COP21 Paris Climate Talks at the invitation of Regeneration International, see http://regenerationinternational.org/a-message-of-hope-regeneration-international-at-cop21

Who We Are

Healthy Soils Australia (HSA) is a not for profit volunteer organisation concerned with reconnecting healthy soil and human health. Healthy soils are essential to maintain the quality of our food, the purity of our water, and the cleanliness of the air we breathe. Our health and that of our children, plus the health of generations to come, depends on the way we manage our soil.
Our focus is on what innovative farmers and graziers are actually doing as individuals to create healthy soils, and being an integral voice for all individuals and organisations with healthy soils on their agenda. Please join our combined voice calling for the benefits of healthy soils. 

Our Purpose Is

Our Purpose Is To create an active network which shares common values and to provide a platform to reconnect the vital role of soil health with food integrity, human health and to provide a catalyst to increase the amount of land being farmed regeneratively.

We Do This By

  • Providing free access to a wide range of reliable, relevant research, practical information, and discussions on soil remediation solutions on our website, at conferences and at regional workshops
  • Promoting the recognition of the capital value of sequestered soil carbon and a fair price for land managers who sequester it, and
  • presenting soil related issues to government, businesses and the community
Healthy soil is alive with trillions of minute organisms, which recycle and free up nutrients to drive plant growth. More plant mass means greater productivity with lower production costs. More nutrient availability and balance means better quality food. More living organisms mean better soil structure and plant growth, and slower water movement through the soil, which increases soil water retention and reduces erosion.

Modern farming practices release carbon from soil by decreasing soil microbial life through the overuse of expensive pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers that destroy the balance between soil microbes and plants. Although fertiliser initially stimulates growth, it burns off soil carbon into the air, decreases microbiology and ultimately inhibits plant growth. As well as the burning of fossil fuels, current farming practices cause a carbon imbalance in the air.

Balance can be restored by land management techniques that use plants and grazing animals to build carbon through enhanced microbiology in the soil. This makes nutrients bio-available to plants and promotes plant growth, enabling them to sequester more carbon from the air to the soil through photosynthesis, perpetuating the cycle to increasing efficiency and restoring carbon and water balance in soil, biomass and the atmosphere. 
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