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.


Program cuts could undermine access to new food markets

28 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the decision to axe the Leveraging Australia's Brand for Food Program could undermine important business opportunities for farmers and growers as the international market for clean and green food increases.


Greens reject call for ABF takeover of biosecurity

27 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that biosecurity operations should not be collapsed into the new Australian Border Force (ABF) as part of Government cost cutting measures.


Nanomaterials report gives cause for concern

22 May 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed concern over a new report which finds Australia’s food regulators are not testing for nanomaterials in food and agricultural chemicals.


Green Army no replacement for Landcare and NRM cuts

20 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Agriculture Minister was trying to downplay cuts to Landcare and natural resource management by spruiking the merits of the Green Army. 


Landcare cuts another broken promise – Greens

14 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government has broken another promise in cutting funding to Landcare, and have expressed deep concern about the impact of the cuts on NRM efforts.


Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

02 May 2014

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.


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.

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