Regarded as one the most compelling minds on earth, the engaging and dynamic Dr Zach Bush is among the very few medical professionals to fully understand the linkages between soil, human and planetary health.
Breakthrough science delivered by Dr. Bush and his colleagues has provided mind-blowing insights into the role big farming, big pharma and Western medicine has played in the decline of human health and the rise in modern disease epidemics.
As a co-founder of ‘Farmer’s Footprint’, a not-for-profit organisation supporting farmers to rebuild soil and preserve food independence, Dr Bush works tirelessly to promote farmers regenerating their landscapes to produce healthy, nutrient-dense food for a healthy planet.
Dr Charles Massy OAM
Charles Massy gained a BSc (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led to him completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.
A widely published author, Massy has written four books, including ‘Breaking the Sheep’s back’ (2011).
In his new work titled ‘Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth’, which is widely regarded as pivotal in the emergence of a regenerative agriculture, Massy paints pictures of farmers and practitioners who are adapting to a new era, changing practices with positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human and physical health.
As a nationally renowned innovator, speaker and educator in regenerative agriculture, Terry McCosker needs little introduction. He has had an inordinate impact on agricultural practices both in Australia and around the world over many years. Terry co-founded RCS over 30 years ago, setting the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. His pioneering approach continues to create a more profitable future for food and fibre producers across the country.
Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator, a healthy-soils advocate and an expert on soil biology, plant nutrition and agroecological farming systems. With a keen interest in managing plant diversity, soil microbial ecology and plant and soil nutrition (to optimise soil function crop immunity and soil carbon sequestration), Joel shares his scientific knowledge and practical know-how on agroecological growing practices relevant to everyone from the largest broadscale producer to the backyard veggie gardener.
Joel works extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Canada, where he is currently based completing an MSc in Food Policy.
Sarah is a teacher and coach who guides you to explore the true essence of money, based on her book, ‘Love Money, Money Loves You’. Surprisingly, this turns into a deep exploration of who you are, what you stand for, what difference you make in the world and what you’re creating with your life.
Sarah trained for 22 years with Chinese Energy Masters and has spent 20 years coaching business owners and leaders in Australia, the UK, the USA and elsewhere. She’s a teacher on The Shift Network and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle.
Sarah has helped thousands of people transform their relationship with money through her book, online courses, workshops and retreats.
French researcher, agronomist and animal nutritionist Pierre Weill began his important work with the simple observation that in the spring, when dairy cows graze grass, the cows are in better shape and the butter made from their milk is softer and more spreadable than when fed a grain diet. Pierre and team went on to perform considerable research in the field of health-orientated animal nutrition, and later into the flow on effects on human health.
With knowledge of the measurable link between soil, animal and human health beginning to be supported by scientists, Pierre co-founded the French non-profit organisation called ‘Bleu-Blanc-Coeur’ (translating to ‘blue white heart’). Bleu-Blanc-Coeur involves all actors in the food supply chain to produce, harvest, distribute and consume nutrient dense foods.
Pierre will speak the importance of food quality, for both animal health and that of the consumer, and of his experiences in building nutrient-dense food supply chains.
Visit Pierre’s website here.
Anthony is a fifth-generation Australian living with his family by the ocean in the city of Perth, on traditional Noongar lands. He is an award-winning facilitator and educator, a widely published writer, an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, and creator of The RegenNarration podcast.
He features in a range of media nationally and internationally, and is a regular speaker at festivals, events and across a variety organisations. His writing has appeared in publications locally and overseas, including The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today, ABC Online, World Economic Forum, Eco-Business, EconoTimes, Business Standard, Resilience, The Epoch Times, Energy Post, and The Footy Almanac.
Visit the Regennarration website here.
Walter Jehne is an internationally recognised soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in soils, grasslands, agriculture and forests at local, national, international levels.
Through his diverse experiences, Walter has a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions – turning challenges into solutions – and has developed a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways.
Decades of research have made Walter an expert in plant root ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, glomalin and soil carbon formation. He also has a wealth of knowledge of biology’s enormous influences in hydrological cycles, weather patterns, regional and global cooling, and cloud formation and rain precipitation.
Walter’s presentation about focusing on biology to rehydrate landscapes and balance hydrological cycles will be an unmissable part of the RCS International Conference.
Walter will also join Joel Williams in leading the ‘Digging Deeper into Soil Health’ workshop.
Di Haggerty farms with her husband Ian and eldest son James, over 24,000 ha in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia. Produce from the farm includes wheat, barley, oats, triticale, wool, grass fed sheep meat and breeding ewes/rams.
Ian and Di have a life mission to help facilitate positive global change by rebuilding soils in semi-arid regions, producing and marketing premium food, fibre and beverage which supports the nutritional and microbiological needs of humanity and planetary health.
Di, Ian and James have developed a farming practice that relies on NATURAL INTELLIGENCE for plant and animal production, and landscape restoration.
Hear from Di about how they use natural fertility processes such as earthworm digestion, compost and co-evolved ruminant interaction to build a healthy, resilient agricultural community, resulting in lowered or negated need for pesticides, fungicides and livestock parasiticides, decreased fossil fuel use and no use of synthetic fertilizers.
Di and Ian will also join us for the ‘Digging Deeper into Building Nutrient Dense Food Supply Chains’ workshop, providing us with their valuable insights and experiences in developing avenues to market their nutrient-dense produce.
Garlone Moulin is part of the Mt Pleasant Grazing team which owns and nurtures Mt Pleasant Station near Bowen, Queensland.
Garlone developed a passion for ecology after seeing the gradual return of plant and animal diversity to the landscape, along with profitability, after the implementation of the RCS principles in the early 2000’s.
She believes that farmers on family farms are the key to unlocking the unrealised economic, environmental and social potential locked in the soil. There can be no better stewards than the farmers who have an emotional connection with the land, once they have the ecological literacy to do so.
Time spent in nature observing patterns shapes how Garlone approaches human relationships. In nature, the more diverse the plant and animal community, the more it is able to withstand climatic challenges; so, with people, she believes bringing together diverse stakeholders to focus on what they have in common rather than promoting polarised “tribes” is an important step towards healing not only our landscapes but our communities as well.