Agriculture & Rural Affairs

The long-term sustainability of agriculture is essential for Australia’s society, economy and environment. Many threats are facing the sector, including climate change and competition for farm land. Rural Australia faces complex agricultural, environmental and social challenges that the Greens are strongly committed to addressing.


Concerns raised as the Federal Government works to weaken regulation of AgVet chemicals

11 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed concerns over the government's plans to alter the registration process for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals, undermining efforts to eliminate potentially hazardous materials.


Food security under threat as new research links CO2 to reduced crop quality

09 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new research linking increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere to a depletion of the nutritional value of vital crops like wheat, corn and rice shows the dangers facing our agriculture sector and the need to invest in research.


No fracking way – Greens stand with farmers against shale in Geraldton

03 Apr 2014

At a community meeting in Geraldton tonight, the Australian Greens will launch their policy to stand by Western Australian farmers protecting their land and water from shale gas mining. 


Greens call for independent body to oversee biosecurity

01 Apr 2014

The Greens have called on the Government to act on the recommendations of a Senate Committee and establish an independent statutory body to oversee quarantine and biosecurity policy and operations.


Funding for NRM groups across WA under threat in the May budget

28 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have today expressed concerns that NRM groups across WA are facing the prospect of serious funding cuts in the May Budget.


New commitments needed to protect Australia's natural resources

21 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed today’s call from the ACF and NFF for a new decade of action to tackle the challenges confronting Australia’s land, water, wildlife and farmland, saying the federal government needs to provide strong, ongoing investments in Landcare, biodiversity  and NRM programs.


Food For Thought

14 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
Fri, 2014-03-14 18:30

You are invited to join Senator Rachel Siewert for a discussion of food issues in the South West. 


PM’s drought plan won’t help farmers long term

26 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed increased drought support for farmers, but say action on global warming must be part of any effort to protect rural communities. The Greens have announced a plan to support farmers facing global warming in the long term.


Agriculture cuts could pay for election promises

25 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens said today it is likely that the Agriculture Department will be required to make a range of damaging cuts to pay for the government's election promises on biosecurity and R&D.


Greens call for GM law changes to protect farmers and consumers

09 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have called for the reinstatement of the moratorium on GM crops in WA and changes to the laws governing liability and food labelling in order to protect the choices of farmers and consumers across the state.

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