Summer 2018 - Farm Policy Journal: John Ralph Essay Competition 2018: Should society determine the right to farm?

Summer 2018 - Farm Policy Journal: John Ralph Essay Competition 2018: Should society determine the right to farm?

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Trust, or more accurately a general lack of trust, in government, business, media and NGOs continues to be a significant issue in 2018. Agriculture is not immune from this lack of trust and is exposed to significant change as a result. A non-trusting general population is enabling a political environment in which society is determining the right to farm. Farm practice and economic viability are already being challenged by social licence-driven regulatory change, as demonstrated by the imminent threat to live exports, changes to native vegetation and threatened species legislation and the focus on discontinuing the use of glyphosate for weed control.

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