Maintaining their welfare and preventing cruelty to all animals requires a commitment to meeting continuing high standards in their management, inherent rights and care. These are responsibilities that must be taken by all sectors of society across governments at all levels, the rural sector, producers and the wider community.
Stewardship of Australia’s natural environment is vested in national and state government agencies, supported by many varied and diverse local community groups. Those groups are working towards meeting environmental and natural resource management outcomes. Key to an effective and co-ordinated approach are Australia’s Natural Resource Management agencies.
Many Australian school students have a very limited knowledge about where food comes from or how it is produced. Understandably, that lack of awareness is a result of limited formal education about agriculture. Programmes that give students the opportunity to visit farms are highly effective in imparting a greater understanding of Australian farming and agriculture.
As research continues towards developing technologies that will reduce the global reliance on fossil fuels to produce energy, biofuels produced from industrial and food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin timber are a ready source of that energy. Scientific advancements are being made to identify new raw materials for the production of biofuels.
Marine pollution from plastics and micro-plastics is gaining world-wide attention. Less understood, yet potentially as significant, is the harm caused to soils that are polluted by plastics and the resulting risk to food production.
Australian soil scientists and farmers are working to understand and build on their body of knowledge that relates to the best use and management of agricultural land. As a result of those efforts, crops will be of a higher quality while soil health will be nurtured and maintained.
The development of drone technology is increasing exponentially and there is a growing emphasis on integrating these unmanned aerial vehicles with a wide range of sensory and data collection devices. Farmers, land managers and the wider agricultural sector are set to benefit from the technological advancements through research currently being carried out in Western Australia.
In what is believed to be a unique collaboration, the Natural Resource Management South Organisation of Tasmania and the pre-eminent agricultural research organisation in China, CAAS, have established, through the University of Tasmania, an agreement for future research cooperation in sustainable agriculture. In this Feature Interview, FDI takes the opportunity to discuss this collaboration with Mr Ken Moore, the Sustainable Agriculture Business Development Coordinator of Natural Research Management South.
In the second of this two-part FDI Feature Interview, Dr Maarten Stapper continues his discussion of the relationship between healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people.
In the first of a two-part FDI Feature Interview, Dr Maarten Stapper discusses the relationship between healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people.