A climate certified good root

How enjoying a good root and a beer can help fight against climate change

Agribusiness
Aa

Launch of a new beer that hopes to help save the planet from climate change.

Aa
Fresh pour of Good Root Beer pale ale.

Fresh pour of Good Root Beer pale ale.

The year 2021 may already be better for the planet after the launch of Good Root Beer in Queensland.

Like many of us right now, the Good Root Beer has made some serious promises, but unlike most New Year's resolutions, the beer is backed by science.

The Australian pale ale was born amid the pandemic and has been backed by a Food Innovation Australia Limited grant supporting innovative developments in agriculture.

Sunshine Coast based brewery Terella Brewing was the first brewery to have Good Root Beer on tap.

Sunshine Coast based brewery Terella Brewing was the first brewery to have Good Root Beer on tap.

The beer gets its cheeky name, ironically, from its good roots, brewed from Australian barley that has Australian Sustainable Produce certification.

"If it wasn't for good roots, Good Root Beer wouldn't be such a well-rounded, quality pale ale - and that's where drinking it helps to keep the planet healthy and your conscience clear," ASP quality officer Miriam Neilson said.

"Like all good brewery sessions, we want Good Root Beer to be part of some great conversations, and the beer itself is indeed a conversation starter."

For a product to earn ASP certification it must be 100 per cent Australian, test free from residue and be non-GMO.

The science behind ASP certification is based off years of soil research on Australian farms conducted by agronomists and soil scientists.

An emissions calculator developed by the University of Queensland found that ASP certified products account for vastly lower emissions than products made through conventional systems.

The calculator's results showed a dramatic decrease in emissions for ASP certified wheat, recording 75 per cent less emissions than conventional wheat production.

Simon and Monique Currant and their three daughters Ava, Sophia and Georgia on the ASP certified Rolleston wheat farm.

Simon and Monique Currant and their three daughters Ava, Sophia and Georgia on the ASP certified Rolleston wheat farm.

Fourth generation producer Simon Currant said he turned to ASP certification because he wanted his Rolleston wheat farm to be sustainable for future generations.

"I wanted to implement a farming system that would improve our soil health and provide sustainability for generations to come, while still lifting our overall profitability," Mr Currant said.

He said ASP certification had given his farm a new potential for growth.

"Community expectations about farming and food are changing; consumers want a carbon neutral product and sustainability issues are growing weight in people's values," he said.

Mr Currant said his farm was on course towards carbon neutrality prior to being introduced to ASP certification, but working with the team allowed him to get his system to "that next level".

"We've seen an increase in our soil carbon, we've seen better nutrient recycling in our soils and an increase in soil moisture holding capabilities," he said.

Aa

From the front page

Sponsored by