Australia: $250 million sustainable research centre the jewel in Greens agriculture policy

Published Mar 29, 2022

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A $250-MILLION sustainable agriculture research centre will be created under the Greens agriculture policy and the party has promised to re-establish a $25-million program to support carbon farming. The party has also vowed to create thousands of ag jobs by rapidly expanding the budding hemp, cannabis and seaweed sectors and reform organic labelling to protect producers.

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Greens agriculture spokesperson, Peter Whish-Wilson said while farmers endorse mission reduction targets, with most peak industry bodies setting their own ambitious targets, the Coalition had sabotaged climate policy. "Few industries are more impacted by climatic disruption to ecosystems and biodiversity than farming," Senator Whish-Wilson said. "I've met plenty of farmers who care deeply about their land, understand the changes they are seeing around them and want to do their bit for climate action. "But the Liberals and Nationals seven year sabotage of climate policy continues to shoot farmers in the foot." Senator Whish-Wilson said in developing the Greens' agriculture policy, the party had listened to farmers and scientists, and planned to pay for the promises by making billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share of tax and winding back handouts to big polluters. The $250m research centre would invest in sustainable farming solutions, including organic, biodynamic ...
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