May/June 2021 Insights

Published 7 Jun 2021

Vol. 18 | No. 2 | May–June 2021

Climate action and emissions reduction in Australian agriculture

At the recent Global Food Forum in Sydney, delegates heard agribusiness leaders assert that “sustainability is now mainstream” for the agri-food industry. An increasing number of programs, projects and potential pitfalls are appearing in the ag sector. In this Insights edition, AFI offers a high-level look at some of the opportunities for Australian farmers and seeks to clarify some of the confusion.

Published 7 Jun 2021

The CRSPI Climate and Emissions Reduction in Agriculture Forum was held online over 29–30 March 2021. The Forum explored the state of climate change research in Australian agriculture, with sessions including ‘Agriculture in a low emissions economy’ chaired by Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute Executive Director, as well as updates…

Published 7 Jun 2021

‘Natural capital’ may sound like a banking buzzword but it’s a term every farmer understands inherently. It simply describes the stocks of natural assets (e.g. soil, air, water and all living things) from which services are derived to support life on earth. Agriculture is obviously reliant on access to natural…

Published 7 Jun 2021

Interest in the sustainability of agricultural and food systems is continuously increasing in markets, social and regulatory environments. While farmers clearly want to invest in sustainability measures and build natural capital, these measures usually involve cost to the farming business. Options to help meet these costs include payments for ecosystems…

Published 7 Jun 2021

What AFI staff are reading, listening to and watching. A brave new world; the rise of fake food news; recognising resource boundaries; making a difference – together; alarming news on farm climate stress,
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