Recent catastrophic bushfires on the east coast of Australia have forced many Australians to question the sustainability of a lifestyle that has been both cherished and taken for granted. The prospects, however, may not be as bleak as some sources predict. Chris Ferreira of the Forever Project, an organisation dedicated to protecting our environment for a sustainable, happy and prosperous future, maintains that a key consideration for dealing with future bushfires, is to inspire and empower members of fire-affected communities to be better prepared.
FDI has taken the opportunity to again interview Doug Pow, a cattle breeder and avocado farmer from Manjimup in Western Australia’s South-West. The interview identifies and discusses a range of positive outcomes achieved by incorporating regenerative agricultural practices while retaining greater flexibility than full organic certification. He also discusses his use of biochar.
In looking at the situation confronting some of the key actors in the Middle East – Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia and the United States – there is a growing sense of uncertainty and weakness that is bringing increasing societal fragmentation and sectarianism to much of the Middle East, and which is occurring at the same time that the Iranian regime is actively striving to achieve regional hegemony. That has pushed the Arab countries into a defensive mode while leaving Israel with so few choices as to be on an eventual collision course with Iran, most likely in Syria.
An increasing number of Western Australian grain producers are committing to farming methods that avoid the use of extensive tillage and synthetic chemicals. One such producer is Nick Kelly of Hollands Track Farm near Newdegate in southern WA. Over the last two decades, Nick has focused on nurturing soil health by building and maintaining soil organic material to promote biological activity in his soils.
The health of our agricultural soils is declining caused by salinity, acidity and other factors. West Australian farmers, with support from government, are working hard to improve their soil and land management practices to ensure their ability to be able to produce the food needed to feed our future population.
Opportunities exist for Australian farmers to develop and expand their farm business operations, with the objective of producing healthy and safe food for domestic and international markets. Key factors that will influence their business development will be incorporating both current and future technology in combination with automated food products, packaging and distribution systems.
The Honourable Jim Chown MLC, Member for Agricultural Region; Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food; Regional Development; Royalties for Regions; Fisheries
The farming industry in Western Australia plays a major role in feeding the State’s growing population and that of the rest of the country. If our farmers are to continue to be able to meet the future demand for healthy and nutritious food, investment in diverse agricultural research and development programmes will be required.
The ability to meet rising food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.
The ability to meet food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.
Since 2012, General Jeffery has striven to provide leadership and national strategic direction to the extensive work being done by soil scientists and landscape managers across Australia. He has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays in underpinning sustainable agricultural productivity and helping to meet the global challenges of food security and climate change.