Market-oriented initiatives for agri-environmental governance: environmental management systems in Australia

Vaughan Higgins, Jacqui Dibden, Chris Cocklin

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    A range of environmental and social problems are concomitants of conventional high-input/high-output approaches to the production of food, including land and water degradation, falling farm incomes and exits from farming (e.g. Buttel et al. 1990; Goodman and Watts 1997; Gray and Lawrence 2001; Cocklin 2005). The externalisation of environmental and social impacts has, in many countries. prompted the state to correct this market failure through various forms of support to farmers and the farming sector more broadly. In Europe, this support has been manifested in a range of agrienvironmental programmes aimed at promoting multi-functional landscapes (see Ilbery and Bowler 1998; Wilson 2001; Potter and Burney 2002). Australia has taken a somewhat different approach. Consistent with the neoliberalist promotion of entrepreneurial and 'self-reliant' farmers (Higgins 2002), state agencies have sought to facilitate participatory and 'bottom-up' solutions that address the negative environmental consequences associated with productivist agriculture. The National Landcare Program (NLP) and Property Management Planning (PMP) represent the main vehicles of agri~environmental governance (Campbell 1994; Curtis and De Lacy 1996; Lockie and Vanc1ay 2000).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAlternative food geographies
    Subtitle of host publicationrepresentation and practice
    EditorsLewis Holloway Damian Maye, Moya Kneafsey Moya Kneafsey
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    Number of pages16
    Edition2nd ed. / 13
    ISBN (Print)9780080450186
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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