Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Jill Wilson


Farmers, Farms, Land management, Farm managements, Environmental management, Geraldton (WA)

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There is growing consumer concern not only for the quality and safety of food and fibre, but also for the state of the environment in which it is produced. Just as you can alreadv but produce that has a 'Quality Assured' label to reassure consumers of the safety and quality of the goods, labelling will soon be available to identify produce that has been grown and handled using environmentally responsible procedures. Work is already underway on the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) to guide the 'environmental' quality assurance process. Jill Wilson reports on the substantial benefits to be gained from the introduction of an EMS, and what an EMS will mean for individual farmers.