Hurlstone Agricultural High School Students discover the dedication and commitment of the One Harvest Team to ensure your leafy greens are the safe, nutritious and affordable.

Young Farming Champion Tayla Field shares the One Harvest Traceability Story with students at Gwynneville Public School.

Young Farming Champion Tayla Field shares the One Harvest Traceability Story with students at Little Bay Community of School

YFC Jasmine Whitten and Jessica Fearnley share that food safety, nutrition and quality is at the heart of quality eggs from hen to house

Food Affordability

With more than four million Australians having experience food insecurity in the last twelve months, Food Affordability is an important issue. As 800,000 of these Australians are children, producing food and fibre at a price that is both affordable for consumables and results in a profit for farmers is critical. Farmers must make a profit to provide an income for their own family and be able to reinvest in their farm.

Food Nutrition

Food must also be nutritious. Farmers produce a range of animal and plant products that meet the needs of their customers. As a balanced diet requires a wide and varied diet, Australian farmers respond to this challenge by growing a range of plants and animal to meet these needs.

Food Safety

The safety of food is always front-of-mind for farmers. Farm practices and food deliver systems are designed to keep consumers both healthy and safe.

Worker Safety

Like all workplaces, worker safety is important to farmers. Farming practices must keep workers safe and ensure workers return home happy and healthy to their own families.

Animal Wellbeing

As farmers often raise animals for food, they are responsible for the wellbeing of these animals while they are in their care. Farmers not only balance animal wellbeing with the other sections of the Sustainability Circle, they must often balance the impacts of treatments which may have short-term negative impacts but have much more positive benefits for the animal in the long term. Rather than simply looking at the impact of a single event on an animal in isolation, farmers must take responsibility for the animal’s wellbeing for the full time that the animal is in their care.

Community

Farmers are active members of their local community, providing jobs, supporting other local business and often sustaining local charities and community groups. Farmers must also respond to changing community expectations over time and engage with the broader community to help answer questions and alleviate concerns about modern farming.

Environment

Farmers also rely on effectively utilising natural resource and endeavour that resources are used in a sustainable manner. Many farmers see themselves as stewards of their surroundings and plan to leave the land in a better condition for following generations and the plants and animals which share the local and regional environments.


Dairy

Enhancing livelihoods

Improved wellbeing

Best care for animals

Reducing environmental impact

Beef

Animal welfare

Economic resilience

Environmental stewardship

People and community

Cotton

Economic

Environmental

Social

eggs

Economic viability

Environmental impact

Animal welfare

The lives of people

Renewable energy technologies also include hybrid and related technologies. For example technologies that:

  • store energy generated using renewable energy
  • predict renewable energy supply
  • assist in the delivery of energy generated using renewable energy technologies to energy consumers.

Source: http://arena.gov.au/about-renewable-energy/


MAKING THE SWITCH TO CLEAN ENERGY

Rapid improvements in technology and pricing present fresh opportunities to replace polluting energy sources like coal and coal seam gas with energy from the sun, sea and wind. By using energy more wisely and harnessing the power of renewable energy we can create opportunities for new employment and economic growth, foster regional development, and reduce our contribution to global climate change. It is time to make the switch to a clean energy economy by:

  • Driving investment in clean, genuinely renewable energy and committing to a timetable for replacing polluting coal-fired power stations.
  • Committing to an ambitious program for reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency.
  • Ceasing fossil fuel subsidies and putting an end to unrestrained mining and gas expansion.

 

Australia has the natural and institutional resources to prosper in almost all scenarios for global energy and resource use.

Global demand for exports is projected to treble by 2050 as global per capita income also trebles. We should expect long term growth of world energy demand, but demand for specific materials and energy exports could vary. Even in scenarios with strong global action to reduce emissions, energy and other resources could remain one of the pillars of the Australian economy, as long as commercially viable technology solutions are developed in a timely fashion to manage environmental impacts.

Domestically, energy affordability can improve, especially when we enhance the efficiency and productivity of the energy system. Transport affordability might also improve, especially through the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles.


FARMERS AND ENERGY USE EFFICIENCY

Energy is one of the fastest growing costs for farmers, with electricity and diesel accounting for a significant proportion of total farm costs. Energy use efficiency describes the total amount of energy used on farm (in the form of electricity, diesel, or other sources) compared to the amount of production. If energy consumed can be reduced, while production is maintained or increased, energy use efficiency is improved. This may be one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve profitability, and will also reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Research indicates there are significant opportunities to reduce energy - and therefore costs on Australian farms.

It is important for farmers to monitoring their energy use to estimate use and costs, and track these costs over time. An audit can also identify energy and cost savings, such as fuel switching and tariff negotiation.


Greenhouse gas emissions

As well as being a major cost, diesel and electricity are also significant contributors to GHG emissions. So maximising energy efficiency can not only help farmers be more profitable it can also help farming communities be more sustainable.


Renewable energy options

Renewable energy and farming are a winning combination. Wind, solar, and biomass energy can be harvested forever, providing farmers with a long-term source of income.

Renewable energy can also help reduce pollution, global warming, and dependence on imported fuels.


Wind Power

Farms have long used wind power to pump water and generate electricity. Some large organisations have installed large wind turbines on farms to provide power to electric companies and consumers. Some farmers have also purchased wind turbines; others are starting to form wind power cooperatives.


Solar Energy

The amount of energy from the sun that reaches Earth each day is enormous. All the energy stored in Earth's reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas is equal to the energy from only 20 days of sunshine. Most areas of farmland in Australia receive enough sunshine to make solar energy practical. Solar energy can be used in agriculture in a number of ways, saving money, increasing self-reliance, and reducing pollution. Solar energy can cut a farm's electricity and heating bills. Solar water heaters can provide hot water for dairy operations and houses. Photovoltaics (solar electric panels) can power farm operations and remote water pumps, lights, and electric fences. Farm buildings can be renovated to capture natural daylight, instead of using electric lights.

The options that make the most sense for farmers depend on local renewable resources, energy markets, and the types of support available from federal and state government.


Biomass Energy

Biomass energy is produced from plants and organic wastes—everything from crops, trees, and crop residues to manure. Crops grown for energy could be produced in large quantities, just as food crops are.

Crops and biomass wastes can be converted to energy on the farm or sold to energy companies that produce fuel for cars and tractors and heat and power for homes and businesses.


RESOURCES


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