Any sustainable and justice-oriented agricultural practice needs to place Aboriginal self-determination, empowerment and participation at its centre.
European land management and European plants and animals combined with inappropriate agricultural practices and methods, and widespread feral plant and animal infestations, have led to ongoing erosion, soil loss, salinity and soil structure collapse across the country, threatening the viability of many rural communities, and endangering future food security.
Profits from farming have increasingly been transferred out of the agricultural sector and into non-productive commercial sectors.
Farm workers, many of who are casual labourers, are among the worst paid and suffer from some of the worst working conditions.
The sustainable agriculture we support refers to farming based on natural processes and requires the development of well functioning agro-ecosystems both above and below ground.
It should provide cheap nutritious food while husbanding the natural environment and ensuring a decent income and working conditions for farmers and farm workers.
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