Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Minister Littleproud goes in to bat for agriculture at the United Nations

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National Farmers Federation, Media Release, 27 September 2021

NFF Chief Executive, Tony Mahar has welcomed remarks by Minister David Littleproud at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in a session devoted to leader’s statements.

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“We are pleased the Australian Agriculture Minister was able to participate in this international event. Making sure Australia’s voice is heard at these forums is critical. Agriculture is leading the world in emissions reduction and landscape management and is doing seminal work on agricultural stewardship.”

In a pre-recorded presentation Minister Littleproud covered the following important areas:

  • Investment in research and development and new technologies will help make Australian farm production more sustainable;
  • The Australian Government is introducing a biodiversity stewardship program to improve and measure biodiversity. This will be a world-leading program;
  • Australia is investing $200 million to improve soil science. This will increase production and enable Australian farmers to measure carbon abatement and assist in meeting carbon commitments;
  • Australia is sharing science to foster a healthier environment and more sustainable food production systems; and
  • Australia will continue to partner with other nations, by sharing technology and research.

The NFF has been critical of the structure and engagement process of the UNFSS.

“As a people’s summit it does not have the usual review, consideration and consultation processes that one would expect from the United Nations,” Mr Mahar said.

“Our priority is to ensure the false notion that the solution to climate change is destocking and adopting a completely plant-based diet, does not gain traction.

“The NFF will continue to work with impacted industries such as red meat and dairy, to ensure facts aren’t trumped by misguided and dangerous group-think.

“To take this discussion beyond the UNFSS, we welcome an agreement by Minister Littleproud for Australia to join the Global Sustainable Livestock Coalition,” Mr Mahar said.

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