André Leu is the Author of ‘Poisoning our Children’ and the ‘Myths of Safe Pesticides.’
He is the International Director of Regeneration International. It is an organization that promotes food, farming and land use systems that regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet and people, communities, culture and local economies, democracy and peace. Regeneration International works with numerous agricultural systems such as agroecology, organic, permaculture, ecological agriculture, holistic grazing, biological agriculture, organic agriculture and agroforestry.
He was the longest serving President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world change agent and umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International has around 850 member organizations in127 countries. He is currently an IFOAM Ambassador.
André has over 45 years of experience in all areas of agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post-harvest, transport, grower organizations, developing new crops and education in many countries on every arable continent. His specialty is in the all the forms of regenerative agriculture, including organic, agroecology, permaculture, biological farming and conservation agriculture.
He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems in more than 100 countries across Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa from over 45 years of working and visiting these countries.
André has been actively involved in developing new crops/products and the markets for these crops. He has a long history of problem solving to innovate new methods of production, promotion and overcoming market barriers.
André has a degree in Communications, with a double major in Video/TV Production and Socio-political Theory. He has post-graduate qualifications in adult education.
Andre worked as a professional musician for many years. As well as performing and recording in bands, he worked in film and video production. This included computer animation, sound tracks, composing music, music videos and editing.
He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions and workshops around the world. He speaks at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops as well as United Nations events on every continent. He meets with governments, United Nations bodies, industry, farmers, consumers and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative agriculture and on the science of increasing soil organic matter to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.
He has published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing numerous media interviews for TV, Radio and online systems.
Andre and his wife Julia have an organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree, in Australia