DR. PHIL GREGORY – Regenerative Soil Health & Food Security Advocate

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Hear Astrophysicist – turned regenerative soil health & food security advocate Dr. Phil Gregory talk SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio.

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Dr. Phil Gregory talks SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio. LISTEN via: TheresaNicassio.com

 

Dr. Phil Gregory talks SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio
UBC Professor Emeritus Dr. Phil Gregory talks SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio

About Dr. Phil Gregory

Globally respected astrophysicist turned regenerative soil health, climate change & food security activist post-retirement, Dr. Phil Gregory has passionately lived his life as a scientist and educator, inspiring possibility-thinking so that there is hope that future generations might have a viable planet to inherit.

Discoveries in Astrophysics

Now a Professor Emeritus in Physics and Astronomy at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver Canada, Dr. Phil Gregory received his BSc and MSc from Queen’s University, Ontario and a PhD in Physics from The University of Manchester in 1969, specializing in radio astronomy and space physics.

On his return to Canada in 1970, Phil worked at the University of Toronto in the astronomy department where he made a major astronomical discovery in 1972 concerning a newly discovered x-ray source named Cygnus X-3. While it looked at first that he had captured a supernova explosion (which drew the attention of astronomers around the world), it turned out that what he discovered was a new kind of binary star harbouring a neutron star that was cannibalizing its companion and ejecting two huge jets of gas travelling close to the speed of light. The discovery received a lot of attention scientifically (special issue of Nature Phys. Sci. 239,704, 1972) as well as in the media. It also led to a faculty appointment at the University of British Columbia in the Physics department in 1973, where he remained for the rest of his career, rising through the ranks to full professor. At UBC Gregory initiated and directed a project called the  Galactic Radio Patrol using the world’s largest steerable telescope. His research team made many interesting astronomical discoveries including a supernova remnant with a special kind of highly magnetized X-ray emitting pulsar at its centre, known as a magnetar.

Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Dr. Phil Gregory (2005 & 2010)
Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Dr. Phil Gregory (2005 & 2010)

Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences (2005 & 2010)

Following the collapse of the telescope in 1988, Phil became very interested in Bayesian Probability Theory which he taught to graduate students for many years, including 5 years into retirement, eventually writing the textbook Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005 and 2010. Bayesian Probability Theory (BPT) provides the extension to deductive logic that deals with the situation where we are faced with incomplete information. During the following decade, Gregory successfully applied Bayesian Probability theory to many fascinating challenges in astronomy, most recently to the detection of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy.

SOIL HEALTH & DEGRADATION

In 2015, Phil again shifted his focus in response to an announcement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization that appeared in Scientific American in Dec. 2014, “Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.”

The UN announcement was a tipping point for Gregory. Faced with his concern for the fate of humanity, he turned his attention to agriculture to see what if anything could be done about it. In this investigation, he kept running into the connections between agricultural practices, soil health, climate change, and human health. As an outsider, yet equipped with solid scientific research knowledge and skills, Phil was able to span these many different silos of knowledge not hampered by the blinders of specialization or dogmatic belief structures. As an astrophysicist, it was like he had come to explore the earth from another planet.

 

“Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.”

~UN Food & Agriculture Organization announcement (Scientific American, Dec. 2014)

 

 

Dr. Phil Gregory talks SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio

“Microbes are the secret behind healthy soil”

~Dr. Phil Gregory, Professor Emeritus (Physics & Astronomy)
Sustainability, Land & Food Security Advocate & Educator

Soil Biology Revolution Tackles Farming Crisis, Climate Change & Chronic Disease

Phil was surprised to discover that in the past 20 to 30 years there has been an amazing revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature’s complexity that offers tremendous potential to tackle the imminent collapse of farming, climate change, and the chronic disease epidemics that have exploded in the past 20 years.

 

Plowing destroys the soil structure, kills microbes, and creates compaction zones transforming living soil into dirt.
Microbes build a stable porous soil structure with their biotic glues and fungal strands, creating underground cities to live in. Plowing destroys the soil structure, kills microbes, and creates compaction zones transforming living soil into dirt. ~Dr. Phil Gregory in “How to Solve Global Warming & Food Security in 17 Minutes”

Regenerative Agriculture/Soil Health & Food Security Advocate

Leveraging the multitude of innovations in soil biology that offer hope, Gregory has been a sought-after local and international speaker who is committed to educating as many people as he can to help ensure that future generations have a planet to inherit. As a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Phil’s motivation to make a difference runs deep. In addition to his talks for university, college and public interest groups, Phil has also produced four YouTube videos on the subject in order to expand his reach.

“Copy nature, save money, save humans… Move to regenerative agriculture where we rebuild the soil biology and sequester more carbon at the same time as we grow food.” ~ Dr. Phil Gregory, Sustainability Advocate & UBC Professor Emeritus (Physics & Astronomy)
“Copy nature, save money, save humans… Move to regenerative agriculture where we rebuild the soil biology and sequester more carbon at the same time as we grow food.” ~ Dr. Phil Gregory, Sustainability Advocate & UBC Professor Emeritus (Physics & Astronomy)

“If we change our current agricultural practices in response to the recent revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature’s complexity, we can avoid the looming collapse of agriculture on our planet and in the process go a long way to solving global warming. Clearly, this is a big deal. Understanding this revolution is crucial to our survival.”

~Dr. Phil Gregory, Professor Emeritus (Physics & Astronomy)
Sustainability, Land & Food Security Advocate & Educator

"We can't be paralyzed by fear, we have to be energized by it" (Netflix series Salvation)

“We can’t be paralyzed by fear, we have to be energized by it”

~Netflix series “Salvation”

"Future historians may well look back and write about our time, not about how many pounds of pesticides we did or did not apply, but about how willing we are to sacrifice our children nd jeopardize future generations with this massive experiment we call genetic engineering that is based on false promises and flawed science, just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise." ~Professor Don Huber from his talk 'Disrupting the Integrity of Nature: Pesticides and Genetic Engineering' at the 35th National Pesticide Forum at the University of Minnesota (April 2017)

 

The Magic Of Soil

by Dr. Phil Gregory

The Magic Of Soil by Dr. Phil Gregory: March 9, 2019 at Titoki Farms, Envirohub & Kia Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand & March 13, 2019 at Bay of Plenty & Tauranga Envirohub Sustainable Backyards, Te Puke, New Zealand
The Magic Of Soil by Dr. Phil Gregory: March 9, 2019 at Titoki Farms, Envirohub & Kia Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand & March 13, 2019 at Bay of Plenty & Tauranga Envirohub Sustainable Backyards, Te Puke, New Zealand.

 

Oh my gosh! I couldn’t dream of accepting a dinner invitation.

by Dr. Phil Gregory

Oh my gosh! I couldn't dream of accepting a dinner invitation. by Dr. Phil Gregory (April 4, 2019)
Oh my gosh! I couldn’t dream of accepting a dinner invitation by Dr. Phil Gregory (April 4, 2019)

 

How the Hidden Universe of Soils Could Solve Global Warming and Food Security

by Dr. Phil Gregory

Lecture to Transition Town Thames, New Zealand, December 6 2017
How the Hidden Universe of Soils Could Solve Global Warming and Food Security by Dr. Phil Gregory Lecture to Transition Town Thames, New Zealand, December 6, 2017

 

Co-creating With Nature, An Introduction To Holistic Management

by Dr. Phil Gregory

Co-creating With Nature, An Introduction To Holistic Management by Dr. Phil Gregory for Bowen Island in Transition, June 10, 2018
Co-creating With Nature, An Introduction To Holistic Management by Dr. Phil Gregory for Bowen Island in Transition, June 10, 2018.

UBC Astronomer Discovers Life on Planet Earth

by Dr. Phil Gregory

UBC Astronomer Discovers Life on Planet Earth by Dr. Phil Gregory. Lecture to Global Resources Class GRS 490, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems, March 15, 2017
UBC Astronomer Discovers Life on Planet Earth by Dr. Phil Gregory. Lecture to Global Resources Class GRS 490, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems, March 15, 2017.

Alternate Futures for Civilization

by Dr. Phil Gregory

 Alternate Futures for Civilization by Dr. Phil Gregory, Supplementary material, March 2018.
Alternate Futures for Civilization by Dr. Phil Gregory, Supplementary Material, March 2018.

 

Our Solar Grid-Tie System with Battery Backup

by Dr. Phil Gregory

Our Solar Grid-Tie System with Battery Backup by Dr. Phil Gregory Presented at the Bowen Island Solar Power Forum, April 4, 2016
Our Solar Grid-Tie System with Battery Backup by Dr. Phil Gregory: Presented at the Bowen Island Solar Power Forum, April 4, 2016

 

How to Deal with Weeds in Continuous No-till Organic Gardening/Farming 

by Dr. Phil Gregory

How to Deal with Weeds in Continuous No-till Organic Gardening/Farming by Dr. Phil Gregory (March 23, 2019)
How to Deal with Weeds in Continuous No-till Organic Gardening/Farming by Dr. Phil Gregory (March 23, 2019)

Constructing a Hugelkultur Garden

Constructing a Hugelkultur Garden by Jackie Bradley & Dr. Phil Gregory
Constructing a Hugelkultur Garden by Jackie Bradley & Dr. Phil Gregory

 

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Phil Gregory:

YouTube Videos

“The Magic of Soil”  A 39 minute Youtube video presentation on the hidden universe of soils. How a recent revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature’s complexity points to a solution to global warming and food security issues.

 

“How to Solve Global Warming & Food Security in 17 Minutes”   If we change our current agricultural practices in response to a recent revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature’s complexity, we can avoid the looming collapse of agriculture on our planet and in the process go a long way to solving global warming.

 

“Hannah’s African Dreamtime” This is a fictional video storybook aimed at an audience of all ages. It is dedicated to the work of the African biologist Allan Savory and to promoting awareness of soil health.

 

“How to Solve Global Warming in 39 Minutes” If we change our current agricultural practices in response to a recent revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature’s complexity, we can avoid the looming collapse of agriculture on our planet and in the process go a long way to solving global warming.

 

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