Environmental Management in Agriculture and the Rural Industries – Voluntary Approaches to Sustainability & Globalisation Impera

  • 150 pages

  • Published: 18 Feb 2009

  • Author(s): Williams, Thea

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This RIRDC report is a synthesis of the current activity in regard to non-legislated standards-based approaches to environmental management in agriculture, known as voluntary environmental management arrangements (VEMAs). It is targeted at individual producers or groups of producers, industry bodies, retailers, public agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Environmental considerations are becoming increasingly important in how food is produced, traded internationally, marketed and sold in retail outlets. This recognition of sustainability and globalisation imperatives has, in a global context, underpinned the rising development and use of voluntary approaches to environmental management in agriculture and rural industries that are based on a diversity of environmental standards, guidelines and protocols. In a domestic context, it has driven industry and government co-investments in environmental management systems (EMS) implementation in Australian agriculture.