February 2005 News
Despite seasonal challenges we face exciting times in rural Australia:
|Being active at the grass-roots end we get to feel the direct consequences of all this, but we also get to see first-hand how nature is able to respond.|
It is encouraging to see more conferences that promote innovative land management practices:
- 7 & 8 March 2005: Compost - The Way to Grow Conference, Brisbane (Qld)
- For further information about the Compost Conference Series and the Compost Supply Chain Roadmap Project, please have a look at www.compostroadmap.com.au
- 10 – 12 April 2005: 'People in the Landscape' Conference hosted by Southern New England Landcare (NSW)
- 16 April 2005: ‘Soil and Holistic Management’ discussion topics at Farm & Garden Day, Katherine Research Station (NT)
- And of course our fourth Kachana Landscape Management Workshop:
7 – 9 September 2005: ‘Landscape function: the biological components’
Kachana Station in the Kimberley (WA)
For more about training information in Australia and abroad:
- Holistic Management — A new framework for making decisions
- Soil Foodweb Inc. — A better understanding productive living soils
- Resource Consulting Services — “Redesigning Agriculture”
- Low Stress Stockhandling — Working with the nature of your animals...
- Biodynamic AgriCulture Australia — Working with natural cycles...
By way of reality-check:
Please remember that in most ecological hot-spots on this planet we are confronted with situations where we find people whose primary concern is to provide for survival for their families TODAY. Take for instance Equatorial South America
“Every eight seconds, we destroy one soccer field of the Amazon forest. The Cerrado, an ecosystem of millions of years, has lost 57% of its original size. Each day Brazil and the world have less Nature remaining. The Brazilian Atlantic forest, one of the most rich in biodiversity and in beautiful life has lost 98% of its original size since colonial times. The reason for this is that the Atlantic forest is where Brazil has its most economically developed areas. Where we applied the same development model of the rich countries, we were able to produce the same destruction of natural habitats. This is the reason why the United States and Europe have destroyed more than 99% of its natural forests…”
From: The Daily Reckoning 
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 4:38 AM
We do not deny the need to address such current disasters.
Our conclusion is two-fold:
- Such “disasters” are a direct result of globally dominating extractive economic systems spawned as a result of the “Industrial Revolution” (A revolution in the truest meaning of the word: humans successfully revolting against nature’s more predictable cyclical checks and balances… leaving us all the more exposed to Nature’s more powerfully complex, less predictable non-cyclical checks and balances e.g. compounding local climatic change…)
- We now know more about safe, low-tech alternatives to address many of the mistakes of YESTERDAY. (Loss of biodiversity from both recent and more historic times, and its restoration is no longer a mystery once we begin to understand the biological components of eco-system function.)
We therefore advocate urgent action in regions that have been depopulated: Put people with new skills back into ailing landscapes… our Kachana Pastoral Company response is The Byrne Terry Ellenbrae Fund. We can provide skill-training for agricultural students or young farmers in ecological crisis zones… However to be effective we also require broader community support.
Greetings from the Kachana team in the heart of the Kimberley!