Publication Date

5-2003

DAFWA Collections

Grains and field crops

Series Number

3/2003

Publisher

Department of Agriculture Western Australia

City

Perth

Abstract

This paper describes briefly the main challenges to the sustainability of agriculture in Western Australia and outlines some means of responding the the challenges: market-based approaches; agricultural and environmental research and development; accelerated adjustment; and global and national policy initiatives. Challenges include: land resource quality (salinity, soil acidity), biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, water availability, food safety, and pests and diseases.

Number of Pages

26

Keywords

nvironmental factors, Economic impact, Pests, Climatic change, Agricultural policy, Water supply, Social environment, Biodiversity, Western Australia, Food safety, Rural communities, Plant diseases, Greenhouse effect, Sustainability, Agriculture.

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