Superphosphate, manufactured by treating phosphate rock with sulphuric acid, has been a mainstay of New Zealand farming. Phosphate is also available as partially acidulated phosphate and as untreated phosphate rock. This brief exploration of the phosphate fertiliser raises questions about its continued use and contrasts Māori and Pākehā perspectives. The story of the terra preta … Continue reading A PHOSPHATE STORY
"Risk is interconnected but our response is not."The Community Impact Fund "Risk is interconnected but our response is not". Herein lies the problem. Our response to climate change in Te Tai Tokerau specifically, and Aotearoa and the rest of the planet more broadly is, at best fractured. Observing institutions here, I see how their climate … Continue reading Collective impact for regenerative land, ocean, and food
Inspired by Michal Kravčík's work I have been using a thermal imaging camera to show the cooling impact of plants. It's a Seek Compact XR lens that plugs into the usb port on my mobile phone. This first image is from Coronation Reserve in Whāngarei. The bottom image is a thermal image of the same … Continue reading Plants cool!
A paper about methane that I have been working on with a team of scientists and practitioners is now published. A nuanced understanding of methane is important for Aotearoa, as the dominant view positions methane emissions as a major problem. But our predominantly pasture-based agricultural systems operate in ways that emit methane, also support the … Continue reading Methane: Sources, Sinks and Uncertainties
In the words of Mike Taitoko of Calm the Farm "regenerative farming globally is a freight train that has left the station - and is only going one way". It seems like there is growing momentum that will shift farming away from extractive industrial farming. Here are some highlights from the last few months. Regenerative … Continue reading Regenerative farming update