Carbon and Agriculture
The politics of carbon and agriculture is sowing the seeds of climate change in the Southern Hemisphere.
The future of Southern Hemisphere farming, rusted beyond repair, the age of mass extinction, global resource depletion, mass migration, political injustice and degradation of the environment. It is a future that only a handful of politicians have truly contemplated.
Managing our environmental footprint is not about trivial votes or an easy win for political parties. It’s an ethical issue, a profound one and a political one. Those who can’t understand why it’s so difficult to shift toward a sustainable future aren’t looking hard enough.
Exporting raw material, marginal communities, low profits and high risk are the by-products of a neoliberal economic system that has hollowed out our democracy. This has produced an agrarian sub-economy – a shadow economy of interest groups, for-profit corporations and speculators. The division between the political and commercial sides of our food production is disappearing, while the power of corporations over food security is increasing.
The revolution of farmers
But a new generation of farmers is moving towards alternative models that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. The current farm model is under threat. On present trends, an other model, that doesn’t reproduce out of crisis, but out of prosperity, will supersede it.
Growing social resistance and growing awareness, together with a tendency towards scepticism, have led to a minor backlash in Australian farming communities – a populism that hasn’t been seen before.
The argument for a more equitable, sustainable and effective system is resonating with the public and the most vocal community organisations. Also the mainstream media expresses it.
Carbon farming can be seen as one response to these growing protests and political movements. There are farmers across the country changing their practices and embracing innovative practices that address climate change. While some are experimenting with this form of farming, they’re usually well-prepared and are taking on the bureaucracy with vigour.