In another exciting Farmer’s Inside Track podcast episode, Angus McIntosh, regenerative farmer and one of the Mzansi’s few grass-fed, pasture-reared beef producers, joins Food For Mzansi co-founder, Kobus Louwrens and editor Dawn Noemdoe this week.
Also known as “Farmer Angus”, McIntosh applies biodynamic and regenerative farming principles and practices in the rearing of all the animals on his on 126-hectare farm in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.
He believes regenerative organic agriculture is the only system that can produce nutrient dense food and reverse the “damage” caused by conventional agriculture. His beef burgers are the first burgers sold anywhere in the world using 100% compostable packaging and in 2013 he became the first person globally to sell carbon credits for increasing the carbon contents of the pastures where his cattle graze.
In the podcast, McIntosh talks about the nutritional content of food that he believes has been in decline for hundreds of years. “It’s because of the way we farm. We’ve destroyed our soil, which holds all the nutrients.” He strives to recover a virtuous cascade from the ground up: healthy soil makes “healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy humans, and a healthy society”.
The farmer makes no bones about his belief that through regenerative agriculture many of the world’s food and health problems can be addressed. He is also frank about why he believes that the current farming system is making humans sick, while at the same time polluting the environment.
“We are polluting the earth and killing human beings with what is being produced from the conventional agricultural system, but everyone is saying that’s what we need more of. It’s madness,” he exclaims.
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