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Chris Russell explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. In each episode Agricultural Scientist Chris speaks with the key intellects, custodians or ‘Agriminds’ tasked with securing the future of our food and fibre production in Australia and discusses how Australian agricultural issues can also have a larger worldwide impact.
Zero tolerance pt 1
Zero tolerance pt 1

Are the fears around glyphosate legitimate? Glyphosate has arguably been one of the most transformational agricultural innovations of the last 50 years. However, following a recent court case in the USA, may now be under threat as a readily available tool in the hands of farmers due to cancer fears. Host Chris Russell speaks to Managing Director of Monsanto Australasia, Mr Tony May, about his company’s position on glyphosate and where he sees the current court actions leading. Chris also speaks to the Chair of Grain Producers Australia, Andrew Weidemann, about his feelings around this issue as he is arguably both the beneficiary and potential victim of this technology as a grain producer himself.

Duration:
2852
Date:
21 March 2019

Episodes

Zero tolerance pt 1
Zero tolerance pt 1

Are the fears around glyphosate legitimate? Glyphosate has arguably been one of the most transformational agricultural innovations of the last 50 years. However, following a recent court case in the USA, may now be under threat as a readily available tool in the hands of farmers due to cancer fears. Host Chris Russell speaks to Managing Director of Monsanto Australasia, Mr Tony May, about his company’s position on glyphosate and where he sees the current court actions leading. Chris also speaks to the Chair of Grain Producers Australia, Andrew Weidemann, about his feelings around this issue as he is arguably both the beneficiary and potential victim of this technology as a grain producer himself.

Duration:
2852
Date:
21 March 2019
Zero tolerance pt 2
Zero tolerance pt 2

Glyphosate has facilitated major productivity increases and reduced environmental stress due to over-cultivation over the last 50 years. However, it has been classified as “probably cancer causing agent” by the International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC). How was this classification decided and what does it mean? Agricultural Scientist, Chris Russell, speaks to Cancer Epidemiologist and member of (IARC), Professor Lin Fritschi, who explains how and why glyphosate was classified as a “probably cancer causing agent” by this sub-group of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and what this means for farmers.

Duration:
1448
Date:
21 March 2019
Survival of the fittest pt 1
Survival of the fittest pt 1

Climate Change - Will we successfully adapt to a changing climatic environment or alternatively what are the chances we will we be successful in adapting the climate to change to suit us? Host Chris Russell speaks to leading global environmental scientist Prof Will Stephans and Young Farmer of the Year and co-founder of the think-tank – “Climate Wise Agriculture,” Anika Molesworth, on the reality of climate change and the optimism of the next generation .

Duration:
2840
Date:
27 February 2019
Survival of the fittest pt 2
Survival of the fittest pt 2

Climate Change - What is our plan B? Host Chris Russell speaks to member of the Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC team, Professor Mark Howden, about what happens if we don’t reach our carbon emissions target.

Duration:
1113
Date:
27 February 2019
GM – baby or bathwater? pt 1
GM – baby or bathwater? pt 1

Exploring the fears around Genetic Modification (GM) in our food and the agricultural industry. Host Chris Russell speaks to Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and member of the federal “Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee,” Prof Robert Henry, about the reality of the GM processes and what it means for our future food production.

Duration:
1766
Date:
27 February 2019
GM – baby or bathwater? pt 2
GM – baby or bathwater? pt 2

Exploring our fears around Genetic Modification in fibre. Host Chris Russell speaks to Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO, Dr Danny Llewellyn, about why perceptions around Mendel's Genetics breeding differ to perceptions of gene editing and the impact that this has had on cotton

Duration:
1774
Date:
27 February 2019
Cotton tales
Cotton tales

Cotton production is a much maligned industry in Australia due to its perceived high water usage but should we be telling farmers what to grow with their purchased irrigation water? Host Chris Russell discusses the water usage in cotton production with, Dave Anthony, CEO/Chair of Auscott (Australias largest cotton producer) and why cotton is so popular amongst irrigation farmers and the importance of cotton to the Australian economy.

Duration:
2283
Date:
27 February 2019
Australia's staple diet
Australia's staple diet

Wool - Is there still a future for natural fibres like wool? Host Chris Russell speaks to Stuart McCullough, the Chief Executive of Australia’s peak wool marketing and research body, Australian Wool Innovation, about what the wool industry is doing to counter the cheaper synthetic materials and how it has responded to the demands of a very vocal and aggressive animal rights movements.

Duration:
2369
Date:
27 February 2019
Australia meats the demand
Australia meats the demand

The red meat industry in Australia is facing an uncertain future due to Animal Welfare issues, cheaper meat alternatives and the rise of vegetarianism and veganism. Yet, the middle class in developing countries like China & Indonesia are developing a growing taste and high demand for red meat pushing up both meat and live exports. Host Chris Russell speaks to Chief Executive of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Richard Norton, about how the industry is changing to meet the new place of red meat in global food demand.

Duration:
2449
Date:
27 February 2019
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 1
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 1
The trigger for 21st Century conflict may well be fresh water. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out what lessons we can learn from rivers shared between countries at war and how we can apply that to water management in Australia. This episode’s Agriminder is Dr David Michel from the Transboundary Water Management Department of the Stockholm International Water Institute.
The trigger for 21st Century conflict may well be fresh water. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out what lessons we can learn from rivers shared between countries at war and how we can apply that to water management in Australia....
Date:
15 September 2018
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 2
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 2
The tension between water used for agriculture, the water demands of the environment and the water needs of communities, has been the source of much debate and conflict going right back to Federation. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out who have been the winners and losers in our water policies of the last decade – or if it been actually been a “win-win”? The Agriminders in this episode are CEO of the National Irrigators’ Council, Steve Whan and former CEO of Coleambally water, John Culleton.
The tension between water used for agriculture, the water demands of the environment and the water needs of communities, has been the source of much debate and conflict going right back to Federation. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell...
Date:
15 September 2018
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 3
“Water, Water, Everywhere….” - Part 3
It took 95 years for the states to agree on a national water plan, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not it has been successful. Our Agriminder in this episode is the Chair of The Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Hon Neil Andrew MP.
It took 95 years for the states to agree on a national water plan, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not it has been successful. Our Agriminder in this episode is the Chair of The...
Date:
15 September 2018
Energy - Can we “Have our Cake and Heat it too?”- Part 1
Energy - Can we “Have our Cake and Heat it too?”- Part 1
Energy miners Vs farmers Vs the environment. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores the fears around mining and asks if coal and gas are really necessary to secure our agricultural future. Our Agriminders in this episode are leading global authority on Renewable Energy, Dr Sven Teske and the grazier leading the charge against coal seam gas mining in central NSW, David Chadwick.
Energy miners Vs farmers Vs the environment. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores the fears around mining and asks if coal and gas are really necessary to secure our agricultural future. Our Agriminders in this episode are leading...
Date:
15 September 2018
Energy - Can we “Have our Cake and Heat it too?” - Part 2
Energy - Can we “Have our Cake and Heat it too?” - Part 2
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, John Anderson AO, explains to Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell why he believes the we can “have our cake and heat it too” when it comes to energy in Australia.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, John Anderson AO, explains to Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell why he believes the we can “have our cake and heat it too” when it comes to energy in Australia.
Date:
15 September 2018
Animal Farm - Part 1
Animal Farm - Part 1
Are perception and emotion over-riding fact when it comes to the realistic comfort, needs and rights of animals that are in our care for agricultural production? Australian animal production is at risk and Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell seeks to explore whether this industry would be an unnecessary loss or if it is in fact animal husbandry that is unacceptable. Our Agriminder in this episode is Executive Director of The Australian Farm Institute Michael Keogh OAM.
Are perception and emotion over-riding fact when it comes to the realistic comfort, needs and rights of animals that are in our care for agricultural production? Australian animal production is at risk and Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell...
Date:
15 September 2018
Animal Farm - Part 2
Animal Farm - Part 2
Farm animals aren’t pets…..or are they? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not the lines have become blurred between the expectations of people for their urban pets and the welfare needs of farm and production animals? Our Agriminder in this episode is RSPCA Senior Policy Officer Dr Jed Goodfellow.
Farm animals aren’t pets…..or are they? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not the lines have become blurred between the expectations of people for their urban pets and the welfare needs of farm and production animals?...
Date:
15 September 2018
Bright Sparks - Part 1
Bright Sparks - Part 1
How do we entice the youth towards a future in Agriculture? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out how Barker College in the North Shore of Sydney has been using different teaching methods and digital media to successfully change the perception of studying agriculture amongst its' students. Our Agriminders in this episode are Head of School at Barker College, Phillip Heath AM, and his Head of Agriculture, Scott Graham.
How do we entice the youth towards a future in Agriculture? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out how Barker College in the North Shore of Sydney has been using different teaching methods and digital media to successfully change...
Date:
14 September 2018
Bright Sparks - Part 2
Bright Sparks - Part 2
With 4 jobs available to every agriculture graduate, Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell asks why Australia’s oldest agriculture faculty has merged into obscurity by academic bureaucrats? Our Agriminder in this episode is the last Dean of Agriculture at Sydney University, now the current Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Professor Alex McBratney.
With 4 jobs available to every agriculture graduate, Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell asks why Australia’s oldest agriculture faculty has merged into obscurity by academic bureaucrats? Our Agriminder in this episode is the last Dean...
Date:
14 September 2018
Virtual Reality to Actual Reality
Virtual Reality to Actual Reality
What will the future of farming look like? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores which technologies are transformational and which are merely distractive gadgets as we try to keep up with the information revolution. Our Agriminders in this episode are leading futurist and innovator, Mark Pesce and Associate Professor in Precision Agriculture, Brett Whelan.
What will the future of farming look like? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores which technologies are transformational and which are merely distractive gadgets as we try to keep up with the information revolution. Our Agriminders...
Date:
14 September 2018
Agriminders - Trailer
Agriminders - Trailer
Chris Russell explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. In each episode Agricultural Scientist Chris speaks with the key intellects, custodians or ‘Agriminds’ tasked with securing the future of our food and fibre production in Australia and discusses how Australian agricultural issues can also have a larger worldwide impact. Agriminders - Coming this September to PodcastOne Australia
Chris Russell explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. In each episode Agricultural Scientist Chris speaks with the key intellects, custodians or ‘Agriminds’ tasked with securing the future of...
Date:
10 September 2018