Creating Whose Future: Sustainable Agricultural Policy for Australia?

By Jane Shepherd.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper reviews the Australian Government agriculture and food policy document Creating our future: agriculture and food policy for the next generation (2006). The paper considers how concepts of sustainability are utilised in this policy document and argues that these concepts are informed by an overtly neo-liberal agenda. The neo-liberal framework informing this Report places a high value on free markets, competitiveness and the sustainable use of natural resources as the best methods for securing a ‘sustainable’ future for Australian agriculture. The Australian approach is compared to the European multifunctional frameworks for sustainable agriculture. The conclusion reached is that the Australian policy agenda is highly restricted and supports sustainable agricultural practices only to a very limited degree by focusing on economic sustainability and natural resource management.

Keywords: Sustainable Agriculture, Agricultural Policy, Neo-liberalism, Australia

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.377-396. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.454MB).

Jane Shepherd

Lecturer, Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jane Shepherd lectures in Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University. Her current design research project: FOOD LAB: Food and Landscape Architecture Bureau investigates food production and landscape settlement patterns. Jane’s work considers relationships between policy platforms, and use outcomes and the effects on ecological, community and human health and is informed by the implications for food justice that emerge from agricultural and food production systems.


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