Avigrain talks to farmers on a daily basis and keenly understands the impact a more volatile climate is having on agriculture. We are committed to fighting for action on climate so we can live on a habitable planet.
The time to act is now.
Climate Change and Agriculture are deeply entwined
Agriculture is one of the key drivers of increased greenhouse gas emissions
- Deforestation – clearing land for grazing and cropping
- Emissions come from machinery and are released from tilled soil.
- Methane comes from livestock.
- Fertilizer use releases nitrous oxide, a powerful GHG with nearly 300x the warming potential of CO2.
- Methane and nitrous oxide make agriculture the leading emitter of non-CO2 GHGs.
Food production-related emissions are one quarter of global emissions about 10 to 12 gigatons annually. Livestock alone produces 14.5 percent of total global GHGs.
To limit global warming to below 2°C, it will be imperative to decrease the demand for livestock or drastically improve agricultural efficiency.
Agriculture is critically affected by climate extremes
- Many crops will see negative impacts from the extreme weather, droughts, floods, higher temperatures, frosts and season shifts that climate change brings.
- Price increases from climatic extremes demonstrate the sensitivity of agriculture to climate change. Birdseed production in Australia has become more volatile with more extreme weather patterns in key production areas such as the Darling Downs in QLD.
Agriculture is part of the solution
- Farming is the only area of human endeavour which can sequester carbon.
- Photosynthesis draws down carbon from the atmosphere into plants and soil.
- Marine permaculture growing seaweed for food or fuel may be a solution. Who knows, we need to research all possibilities.
- Many of the grain growers Avigrain buys from practice no-till farming. By not constantly ploughing the soil, grain growers can sequester carbon, reduce erosion and increase the water holding capacity of the soil.
- Preserving our natural capital is a win-win for the environment and for Aussie farmers.
What we can do?
Change our diet
- Eat Vegetables and A Little Bit of Other Stuff. Less meat and more plants is good for our health and for the environment.
- Less demand for grain to feed livestock
- Less deforestation
Reduce food waste.
- One third of food produced globally is never eaten.
- What gets thrown out ends up in landfill creating more methane gases.
- For bird breeders – winnow, make your birds eat everything, give the chooks the rest.
Support our farmers
- Farmers strive to feed and clothe the rest of society while facing more extreme climates.
- Please respect those who take on risk and adversity to provide for us all.
- Buy Australian unless there is no alternative.
- Support funding for research, development and extension to adapt to climate change.
Farmers for Climate Action
Australian farmers are on the frontline of climate change, and we can be part of the solution. FCA calls for urgent climate action to ensure a prosperous future for rural and regional Australia.
Beyond Zero Emissions
BZE is an internationally recognised climate change think tank, providing independent and ambitious climate change solutions for Australia.