Reframing farmers’ role in land management
Published 1 May 2019 | Katie McRobert
Of the many “us versus them” frames often triggered in agriculture, one of the most divisive is “farming versus the environment”. Australian agricultural producers manage almost half of the country’s landmass. But in mainstream media and policy debate, the environment is discussed as something quite separate from farmers as people and separate from farming as an industry – yet we are inseparably and intrinsically part of the environment, as is the production of food and natural fibre.