Defending the Social Licence of Farming

Issues, Challenges and New Directions for Agriculture

February 2012
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th February 2012
  • ISBN 9780643101593
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images graphs & figures

Issues including climate variability, water scarcity, animal welfare and declining biodiversity have led to increasing demands on farmers to conduct and communicate their farming practices so as to protect their "social licence to farm". Farmers are increasingly expected to demonstrate their social and environmental responsibility as a pre-condition to being allowed to carry out their preferred farming and commercial practices. Current examples include the restriction of the live animal export trade, battles over protection of aquifers from mining, and contests over rural carbon emissions.

In Defending the Social Licence of Farming, authors from Australia, the US, Europe and Iceland document the diverse issues associated with the "social licence to farm". They provide examples of different sectors’ strategies and experiences, and give specific indications of what is involved in coping successfully with this political and legal dimension of farming.

This book will provide a useful stimulus for innovation and proactive policies to defend the social licence of the farm sector.

* Explains why Social Licence is an important issue for the rural sector
* Identifies the international drivers that are demanding farmers demonstrate sustainable management and production of safe, clean food
* Presents case studies within Australia and elsewhere
* Provides recommendations for future directions

Scene setting
1 What is meant by the social licence?—Paul Martin and Mark Shepheard
2 Understanding the social obligations of farmers—Claudia Baldwin
3 The role of virtue in natural resource management—Adrian Walsh and Mark Shepheard
Experience of farmers
4 Organic poetic licence: consumer moral norms driving farming systems—Andrew Monk
5 Triple bottom line reporting in the irrigation sector—Evan Christen, Mark Shepheard, Wayne Meyer and Christopher Stone
6 Social licence issues in developing economies—Donna Craig and Michael Jeffery
7 Retaining the social licence: the Australian cotton industry case study—Guy Roth

Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline Williams is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law since 2007.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law at the University of New England, Australia. He was the leader of the Invasive Animals CRC program 4E: Facilitating Effective Community Action on Invasive Species.