Climate-smart farmers across Australia have welcomed the beef industry’s progress towards greater sustainability, including its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.
Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said farmers take their role as land custodians seriously and are constantly seeking to improve what they do.
“The annual report of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework shows it is providing a clear path to improve how the industry cares for its natural resources, animals and people,” she said.
“The red meat industry has a target to be carbon neutral by 2030, and this report demonstrates that the industry had already managed to halve its emissions from 2005 levels.
“With the right investment in research and development, we’re likely to achieve that target. Agriculture is leading the way, and we look forward to seeing other industries following suit.”
Bowna cattle producer and Farmers for Climate Action Chair Lucinda Corrigan said she was proud of the way the industry is evolving.
Since the framework was established two years’ ago we’ve made enormous gains in each of the target areas. Tracking our progress is ensuring we continue to prioritise our people, our animals and our land.
“As farmers, we’re already feeling the impacts of climate change, with more frequent and severe droughts, floods, bushfires and more. Initiatives like the Beef Sustainability Framework ensure that we are making real inroads to reducing our emissions output – one of the key drivers of climate change.”
Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians, working to ensure that farmers, who are on the frontlines of climate change, are a key part of its solution.