Publication Date

10-2002

Document Type

Report

Abstract

Agriculture has been and will continue to be a major component of economic activity in several regions in Western Australia, and agricultural communities will remain an important part of the social fabric and landscape of the State. Promoting the sustainability of agriculture is likely to produce three main outcomes: vibrant rural communities; profitable agricultural systems; and conservation of the natural environment. This paper describes briefly the main challenges to the sustainability of agriculture and outlines some means of responding to the challenges: market-based approaches; agricultural and environmental research and development; accelerated adjustment; and global and national policy initiatives.

Number of Pages

30

Keywords

Environmental factors, Economic impact, Pests, Climatic change, Agricultural policy, Water supply, Biodiversity, Food safety, Rural communities, Plant diseases, Greenhouse effect, Sustainability, Western Australia

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