Support Sustainable Australian Farming
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Simply put, the Australian farming practices of today provide low quality products at really high prices. Why? Well that’s mostly because of the current market monopoly. Before you get confused, allow us to explain.
In general terms, when we talk about a market monopoly, it would help if you think of it this way: there’s just one single market leaders that controls the entire agricultural industry in the country.
This industry leader, using large scale farming methods, produces the greatest amount of products, ultimately holding the largest market share. The leader dictates the product prices in the market, often selling the goods at cheaper rates to kill any competition.
This process forms a corporatization from the supply chain through to various farms “owned” by the conglomerate, thus killing the smaller farmer owners.
What this market leader wants, goes.
Australian agriculture significantly tends towards the model described above.
Way back in the 50’s and 60’s, when traditional Australian farming meant local farmers using a more holistic, organic agricultural methods to produce the highest quality, healthy products, there was a sudden rise in commercialization.
Out of nowhere, there were modified crop varieties, artificial fertilizers, and other mechanical methods suddenly being used by influential industry owners which greatly lowered the overhead costs and compromised the quality, but gave far greater crop yields.
All of a sudden, the agricultural industry was more about the quantity instead of the quality – because there were larger profits to be made.
This takeover was so quick and so swift, that the smaller farmer owners never stood a chance. They didn’t have the resources, or the worldly knowledge to go head to head with these ‘market influencers’. Because of their size and financial backing these ‘market influencers’ had unfair advantage on regulation
The lack of competition further enabled the market leaders to exert their influence, completely disregarding the struggles of the smaller farmer owners. Making sure that farming methods and the crops produced were meeting health and environment standards for these smaller farmer owners was next to impossible.
Since there was no one else capable of fighting them, these market leaders had no competition when it came to pricing or selling the produce.
Without competition, these leaders, with their unfair influence over the producers (the farmers) and unfair advantage via the supply chains made it next to impossible for the smaller farmer owners to earn a living.
Whatever competition they had, they very easily quashed, establishing a one-tone industry where one market player controlled the way the market moved entirely.
For any industry to be healthy and profitable it has to deliver valuable products with a high demand to customers. For any market to be sustainable there has to be balance between suppliers and customers and, as many buyers and sellers as possible.
If a big player on any side (buyers or sellers) is permitted to dictate their terms to the whole market, - that player may extract huge profit but a sustainable market will eventually die.
However, the market we are concerned about serves human existence; this is therefore imperative that moral responsibility motivate those that oversee and regulate this market.
The idea here is to not just regulate the standards of the modern farming methods but to have more accountability in the provision of healthy and environmentally safe produce. It is also to provide opportunity to novice enthusiasts to be able to venture into a profitable field.
We want to be able to return to the sustainable ways of farming, where multiple, locally owned and independent farming establishments can work together in harmony to produce healthy, environmentally friendly, and organic crops that are readily available to a larger consumer-base at affordable prices.
Why should organic and healthy food products cost an arm and a leg?
The plan is to provide the use of latest advancements, and eco-friendly technologies in order to support the local farmers. These technologies will not only address the quality concerns of the industry, but also provide healthier, economically priced food products.
We propose that by establishing a not-for-profit regulatory body, we can:
Help support existing farmers in maintaining the integrity of their farms
Research latest technological developments to facilitate increased crop yield, with reduced overhead costs and a decreased carbon footprint
Procure necessary funding through government programs
Manage funding to enhance environmental friendly farming practices across the board
Encourage new farmers to venture into the industry
Increase production of sustainable healthy produce at competitive market prices
To improve our local community, to eliminate the negative impacts of common commercial agricultural practices that have been used too many decades and but to bring about a more responsible, environmental friendly balance, we request you all to help us make the necessary change in the food and farming industry.
Come together and support the change you wish to see in the world – your world. Change how you and your choices impact the environment and the local community. Help raise the funds necessary to initiate the cascading chain-reaction for a more regulated, standardized, healthy agricultural system.
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