To develop sustainable agriculture, we first need to investigate on the soil. The healthy soils allow intensifying agriculture sustainably. It needs time and money (for farmers) to shift from intensive farming to sustainable farm. Don’t worry, you are not alone. You get the support from policy markers, environmental policy-makers, scientists (us), and consumers to work together to encourage you to shift to sustainable farming.
To encourage farmers to bring environmental benefits to their soils, Australian sustainable agriculture policy-makers and federal government create farm innovation funds for farmers to encourage them to bring environmental benefits to their soils. After the soils are being restored and being healthier, productivity will gain sustainably.
We encourage farmers to apply our technology via three steps:
1. Stimulating the demand for sustainable agricultural products. We work closely with policy-makers to encourage farmers to shift to sustainable agriculture. The consumer informational campaigns to public canteens, retailers and caterers can raise consumer awareness on the linkages between agriculture, pesticide residues, and environment. It stimulates the demand for sustainable products. We begin with public canteens. In return, governments support public canteens by reducing tax.
2. Informational campaigns via social media: we raise the awareness on the linkages between pesticides, fungicide, health and wellbeing for consumers. For example, we plan to introduce consumer informational campaigns called "the pesticide residue levels in human milk" (note that pesticide residues in human milk were reported in Australia 15) to raise the awareness of fungicide residues and consumer’s health.
3. We support farmers in the transition time from intensive to sustainable agriculture. We work closely with farmers to conduct the life cycle assessment (LCA) their farms. We help them manage pesticide residues, water, biodiversity, and so on. The LCA helps farmers receive sustainable farming certification. The certification allows farmers to promote and built the reputation for their products and apply for farm innovation funds created by government.
Increase taxes and raise legal requirements for highly hazardous pesticides or over applications of pesticides: we recommend to test the pesticide residues not only on the agricultural products but also on farmers' soil. Such a demand-related policy send powerful signals to farmers, businesses, and consumers about the urge of sustainable farming and pesticide uses and management.
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