New video resource for geography and science teachers, farmers, landcare or catchment groups.

Salt of the Earth

Introduced and narrated by Roy Slavin (of 'Roy and HG' fame) Salt of the Earth explores present-day rural soil and land degradation, with a focus on SALINITY as well as SOIL EROSION and SOIL ACIDITY which pose huge problems and challenges for Australian agriculture and the environment with consequences that affect all Australians.


  • why our soils are fragile and easily degraded — the paleogeographic perspective
  • the effect of European values and agriculture on the Australian landscape, soils and ecology
  • what's happening to the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's farming heartland
  • case studies with discussion and solutions from farmers and researchers in rural Australia.

Salt of the Earth comes with...

  • study/teacher guide and suggested classroom strategies including video-time cued questions and discussion points for easy modular viewing and development of further research/projects.

The study guide also includes considerable background information on the soil issues raised in the video as well as extensive references and bibliography.

Salt of the Earth was produced by journalist Maria Taylor and supported by growers and the Federal Government through the GRDC. Running time: 35 mins.

The video and study guide are distributed by: Media Associates, PO Box 1067, Dickson ACT 2602; phone: 02 6242 1998; fax: 02 6242 1983

Cost: $50 including postage and handling; special discounts available for bulk purchases and to individual farmers. Contact the distributor.

Watch for the 'Landline' version of this program on ABC TV, Sunday 9 April, repeated on Monday 10 April