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Occasional, briefing and discussion papers released by the Australian Farm Institute are available for free download.

Published 25 May 2022

The growing interest and momentum surrounding the regenerative agriculture movement has generated considerable debate about motivations, definitions, stakeholders, and the role that scientific research plays. Amidst the sometimes-emotive debate there are some incontrovertible facts and drivers. The first of these is that most human activity is exploitative of the natural…

Published 23 Feb 2022

First and foremost, the grains industry must recognise the existential threat posed by climate change to sectoral productivity and profitability as the primary driver for carbon neutrality. Compounding this fundamental threat, a failure to proactively move to net zero targets could see the industry ‘locked out’ of key trading markets…

Published 13 Aug 2021

AFI submission to the Senate inquiry into definitions of meat and other animal products, addressing: 1. The potential impairment of Australian meat category brand investment from the appropriation of product labelling by manufactured plant-based or synthetic protein brands, 2. The health implications of consuming heavily manufactured protein products which are…

Published 30 Nov 2020

The Federal Government has announced that part of Australia’s strategy to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19 will be a ‘gas-led recovery’. However, increasing gas production in Australia creates obstacles to the agriculture sector’s economic viability, social cohesion, environmental stewardship and ability to meet sustainability goals.

Published 26 Nov 2020

The production of dairy products is associated with environmental impacts, and these impacts have resulted in calls within the popular media to reduce dairy consumption for the benefit of the environment (e.g. Carrington, 2018; Eating Better, 2020). Impacts of current production are estimated by environmental footprints; the use of environmental…

Published 22 May 2020

Regenerative agriculture describes a set of practices and principles which aim to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services. These are goals which are obviously desirable and are understandably generating significant interest in regenerative agriculture methods amongst farmers and the wider community more generally.

Published 4 May 2020

Australian agriculture is a highly globalised industry, with 71% of all production being exported. This global exposure means that economic, trade and political factors in other countries can have significant impacts on the operations and profitability of Australian farmers and the industry. These impacts are exacerbated as Australian farmers receive…

Published 7 Oct 2019

A submission to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources from the Australian Farm Institute. The business of agriculture in Australia has historically been beset with risk. While production practices are constantly improving, the challenges of climate change, energy prices, poor data collection, inadequate digital adoption and immaturity of…
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