Regenerative Agriculture: Disrupting the Anthropocene by regenerating our planetary health


Room G08, Ground floor, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, 3053


A key reason for our planet entering the Anthropocene epoch is widespread global desertification due to poor agricultural practices. Regenerative agriculture provides key solutions to this Anthropocene challenge (via regenerating landscape functions), while at the same time also providing key solutions to the human health crisis through delivering nutrient-dense, chemical-free food.


Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science (Zoology; Human Ecology) at ANU in 1976 before farming for 35 years and developing the prominent Merino sheep stud 'Severn Park'. Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity's sustainability challenge led him to return to ANU in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. Charles was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services as Chair and Director of a number of research organisations and statutory wool boards. He has also served on national and international review panels in sheep and wool research and development and genomics. Charles has authored several books on the Australian sheep and wool industry, the most recent being the widely acclaimed Breaking the Sheep's Back (UQP 2011), which was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Australian Literary Awards in Australian History in 2012. Charles' fourth book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - a New Earth, has attained best-seller status, and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards - Non-Fiction Book Award, the 2018 Waverley Library Award and the 2018 ABIA Book Awards - Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year.

This event is co-hosted with Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and is part of the Sustainable Food System Seminar Series hosted by MSSI.