Family farming is associated with commitment, continuity, solidarity and business ownership.
This sector allows for great opportunity, with many farmers opting to choose an organic lifestyle. In the midst of the UN year of Family Farming, here are some other benefits of this sector.
The National Farmers’ Federation highlighted the importance of family farmers to Australia as a whole, stating these are able to produce 93 per cent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply. This means many Australians are purchasing Aussie-grown food so their money is able to go straight back into the economy.
Not only that, but Australia exports much of the food produced, bringing around $38 million into the economy.
A growing demand for healthy, chemical free organic meat means this sector will likely see a surge in future.
Family farms may be more sustainable than their counterparts, particularly those that use organic methods.
Sustainability is a philosophy and those who subscribe to it use crops that enhance the soil and conserve land resources as well as water.
Organic meat suppliers minimise their impact on the environment and aim to promote biodiversity by fostering healthy soil and growing conditions.
Focus on humane policies
Organic farmers place animal welfare at the centre of their operation, and focus on the overall wellbeing of the animals, providing them with plenty of space where they can graze naturally.
They do not give the animals unnecessary antibiotics or hormones, only medicating them when it is essential for their health.
As family farms become more common, new agricultural practice are used – there is the chance for them to become more productive, dynamic and sustainable.
This means family farming may be able to have a positive impact on food security, so the global population can remain well fed and productive.
Impact on food security
Although not everyone in Australia is concerned about where their next meal will come from, food security is expected to become more of an issue going forward. In fact, according to the Association of Science, agricultural production worldwide will need to increase by around 70 per cent in order to feed the growing population.
Family farming that is more sustainable may be able to help close the gap, ensuring nobody goes hungry.
Australian farmers already export organic lamb and beef to many countries overseas, and demand is expected to grow.
When you are next buying meat, look for the organic label so you can ensure you are making the right choice. Arcadian organics has a strong focus on family farming, something that will benefit the future.