Maarten Stapper, AgEng, Ph.D., FAIAST, Stapper began a career in agricultural science 40 years ago, has international experiences on four continents (Netherlands, North America, the Mideast, and Australia) and is a former senior scientist with CSIRO. Dr. Stapper found low-input agriculture to be most sustainable for producers, consumers and landscape. His focus is on biological farming systems that help farmers improve the profitability of their operations by harnessing the power of natural soil processes with practices creating healthy soils while reducing heavy reliance on synthetic fertilizers and chemicals. He finds these practices not only create healthy soils but also improve qualities of food and landscape, making plants, animals and land more resilient in a variable climate, utilize natural resources for increased productivity. These ecosystem-based practices generate biodiverse landscapes. He was featured in ABC television's Australian Story "Back to Earth" in 2009 about his road into biological farming systems and disconnect with official science world. He questioned GMOs and wanted to continue research towards low-input sustainable farming. More information on his works is at www.drmaartenstapper.com.au.
Recorded Friday, December 12, 2013