EATology: the science of eating

ecoaction 16 September 2014

What do humans have in common with soil?

How does soil health impact upon human health?

Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.

We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style forum where we’ll be getting the dirty truth on human health with Walter Jehne of Healthy Soils Australia and Robert Gourlay of Phi’on.

Thursday September 25th at Manning Clarke Theatre, Union Court, Australian National University.

Limited spaces available, secure your place at

Walter Jehne is a retired scientist with a specialist background in soil microbiology and plant ecology who has worked in Australia and overseas, including for CSIRO. He is now the Director of a not for profit group, Healthy Soils Australia, which fosters solutions for the regeneration of Australia’s landscape.

Rob Gourlay (RFD, B.App.Sc, M.App.Sc.) Environmental Scientist and Managing Director of Phi’on.

Rob has professional experience since 1992 in biological research and consultancy in natural resource assessment and management; technology innovation and application in the areas of remotely sensed data; soil and water management; biological farming; and trace mineral applications. Rob is a world leader in the development and application of airborne radiometric data for mapping salinity, soil properties and minerals. He also pioneered a new mapping technique for deep fractured rock groundwater sources.

Rob has extensive experience in environmental research and technology innovation in relation to biological farming, and issues of food security/integrity; and water and alternative energy security. Since 2000, Rob has developed a wide range of biological formulations for soil, plants, water and air; including probiotics for animals and humans.

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