Climate Change and the Resilience of Commodity Food Production in Australia

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol, Gray, Ian, & Hansar, Naomi (2012) Climate Change and the Resilience of Commodity Food Production in Australia. In Christopher, Rosin, Paul, Stock, & Hugh, Campbell (Eds.) Food Systems Failure : The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture. Earthscan, London, U.K., pp. 131-146.

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The current view of Australian state and national governments about the effects of climate change on agriculture is that farmers – through the adoption of mitigation and adaptation strategies – will remain resilient, and agricultural production will continue to expand. The assumption is that neoliberalism will provide the best ‘free market’ options for climate change mitigation and adaptation in farming. In contrast, we argue that neoliberalism will increase the move towards productivis (‘high-tech’) agriculture – the very system that has caused major environmental damage to the Australian continent. High-tech farming is highly dependent upon access to water and fossil fuels, both of which would appear to be the main limits to production in future decades. Productivist agriculture is a system highly reliant upon fertilizers and fuels that are derived from the petrochemical industry, and are currently increasing in cost as the price of oil increases.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781849712293
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