It’s a total myth that free trade will solve hunger. The world already produces enough food for the expected population in 2050. We’re already producing food enough…
I spend a bit of time in the book talking about technology and research, and the paradigms of research. These days, most agricultural research is funded not by governments.
The government keeps saying to farmers, increase your inputs in order to stay viable, and yet it’s all those inputs that are part of the problem. The answer for a lot of farmers is reduce their inputs as much as they can.
There’s a rapidly growing movement I think of farmers who are becoming more interested in changing their methods, because the old methods cost a lot, and they basically don’t work anymore, for a lot of people.
I don’t know if anyone has heard of Bruce Pascoe, he also lives in East Gippsland where Alan’s from. He wrote a very important book that was published a couple of years ago, Dark Emu. Has anyone heard about this?