Political journalist Gabrielle Chan spoke about climate change and its impact on farming and land management at the recent meeting of Hume chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby meeting.
Ms Chan expressed a desire to see more discussion around the "interdependencies" of community and farming and of farming and the environment.
"She made the observation that there is often a separation between the debate around agriculture and climate change when the two are inextricable," a CCL spokesperson said.
"Ms Chan is a staunch ally of country Australians and proponent of diversity in farming as opposed to simply allowing economies of scale and large corporations to run the show. She advocates for what she terms the 'democratisation of landscape'."
At the recent meeting, Ms Chan argued that the "government needs to get policy settings right" in order to support primary producers in land management, the instigation of more sustainable farming practices and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
She placed emphasis on the agricultural industry being the sustaining force of the Australian population, despite there often being a perceived divide between farmers and those they supply with food.
Ms Chan noted the growing paradigm of consumers and capital markets driving the move towards more ethical and environmentally aware business behaviour.
"She feels that consumer purchasing power is a way for the individual to take control of their own contribution towards existential threats like climate change, whilst also pushing corporations towards conscious and responsible practices," the spokesperson added.
"She would like to see a national strategic food policy for a more resilient food system. It would support farmers in land management and sustainable practice, while also ensuring that Australia is more prepared for a future in which the effects of climate change will become increasingly prominent."
The next meeting of CCL Hume will be July 1, in conjunction with The Goulburn Group, where both groups will host Professor Mark Howden.
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