In support of small-scale, regenerative farmers in Victoria, the following organisations have submitted responses to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions. View the submission here.
The Victorian Government's current proposals will do serious damage to the regenerative and small-scale livestock farmers of Victoria. See AFSA's media release regarding the proposed changes here.
Summary of AFSA's recommendations:
- Recommendation 1: That the Government continue to allow low-risk, low impact grazing animals as an allowable use in the UGZ.
- Recommendation 2: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
- Recommendation 3: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
- Recommendation 4: Treat all pastured livestock systems with supplemental feeding the same in the land use definitions and graduated controls, subject to meeting minimum standards.
- Recommendation 5: That all pastured livestock are defined under ‘Grazing Animal Production’, but that the term be changed to ‘Pastured Animal Production’. We further recommend that where feeding infrastructure is mobile that the setback from waterways and environmentally sensitive areas be set at no more than 20m.
- Recommendation 6: Maintain the definition of ‘intensive’ as drafted in the new VPP, and include intensive pig and poultry farms in that nesting diagram.
- Recommendation 7: That the Government’s proposed Action 6 – to establish a panel of animal industries specialists to provide technical advice to local government – include representation from small-scale pastured pig and poultry
- Recommendation 8: Develop Codes of Practice in close consultation with small- scale pastured pig and poultry farmers. (See draft Code of Practice for Pastured Pig Production in Appendix C for what such codes might include.)
- Recommendation 9: That a regulatory impact statement be prepared urgently.
AFSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th October to finish up the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra. Below are the nominations for AFSA's 2018 National Committee.
President- Tammi Jonas
Current AFSA President Tammi Jonas is re-nominating for President in 2018 to continue to lend her strong female farmer’s voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.
Along with her hypercompetent husband and three #orsmkids, Tammi raises rare breed Large Black pigs and cattle in central Victoria at Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths. A former vegetarian academic, Tammi now does whole-carcass butchering on the farm (thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns to build a boning room, commercial kitchen, & curing room), and sells their ethical pork and beef predominantly through a thriving CSA (community-supported agriculture).
Jonai Farms is an ethically viable no-growth model – Tammi often says we need to multiply our farms, not scale them, to support more people working the land fairly and to revive rural communities and local food economies. Jonai Farms features in Australia’s first food politics documentary Fair Food, and Tammi also has a chapter in the anthology Fair Food, published by UQ Press.
Tammi has been writing about food culture, ethics and politics since 2006 at her blog Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics, and speaks regularly on food sovereignty at public events, on radio, and in print media. She is also a founding member and inaugural Chair of Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU), the producers' branch of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA).
As President over the past three years Tammi has worked solidly for fair and consistent regulation of farming and food production and distribution, and led the process to establish a Legal Defence Fund to protect and promote the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture systems.
She has helped AFSA establish its voice and authority on a range of issues and secured frequent meetings with a number of politicians to lobby for significant reform, as well as leading the process for submissions to government inquiries, including the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the impact of regulation on agriculture, and the Victorian Government’s Animal Industries Advisory Committee, and she is now leading the campaign to protect free-range farming in Victoria in the face of the Government’s proposed revisions to the planning provisions.
Tammi has also had the privilege to attend a variety of meetings of the global food sovereignty movement, including meetings of: the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC), Urgenci: the International Network for Community-Supported, Slow Meat, the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), Slow Food’s Terra Madre, and the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) that relates to the UN World Committee for Food Security (CFS). She helped lead the process to gain membership of the leading voice of the global food sovereignty movement La Via Campesina (LVC).
The extent of Tammi’s work in Australia and internationally has deepened and broadened her understanding of the issues in the food system locally and globally and she is keen to continue applying that knowledge and experience to assist farmers and eaters, AFSA, the FFFU and the global food sovereignty movement in the role of President.
Nomination supported by:
Vice-President- Ben McMenamin
As a professional chef of 10 years and a graduate of the Bachelor Environmental Social Science at RMIT, Ben combines a strong knowledge of food research, education, and policy development with extensive hands-on experience in growing and cooking sustainable food at a commercial scale.
Working as a chef in a number of contexts has given Ben first-hand experience in understanding the challenges and opportunities for food systems. This culinary experience has also developed Ben's leadership skills and the capacity to collaborate and innovate under time pressure to deliver excellent results.
In 2015, Ben started a cause-based business called the Social Food Project which hosts pop-up food events that communicate ideas about sustainability.
Ben also works as a project-based sustainability professional with organisations including the City of Melbourne, RMIT University, and the UN Global Compact. This work includes project management, workshop facilitation, and program development. Ben has hosted a number of behaviour change programs, including the C16 Design Hack.
Nomination supported by:
Secretary- Penny Kothe
Farm Girl (herb and vegetable grower, cook, marketing, research, observation and assisting with larger projects)
Raised in Tumbarumba in the NSW Snowies, then Sydney and later Mudgee and the north coast of NSW. Coming from a farming family with a great interest in gardening, Penny feels right at home on the open spaces of the farm. Penny became interested in studying horticulture, then permaculture and holistic management and is continuing to learn and apply these principles each and every day. She completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in 2012 as well as various courses including Forest Gardens, Natural Bee Keeping, Urban Permaculture and Holistic Management. She has recently completed a Diploma in Organic Farming.
Current Secretary of the Southern Harvest Association, Treasurer Bungendore Landcare.
Treasurer- Deepa Dureja
Deepa is a CPA qualified accountant, having worked for Food Connect in Brisbane where her interest in food and ethical sourcing of food grew. She has worked for a number of not for profit organisations and public services in Melbourne before moving to Brisbane in 2011. Deepa has a strong interest in working with social enterprises and the not for profit sector and strongly believes in a fairer and more ethical food system.
Nomination supported by:
Communications Officer- Katie Johnston
Currently acting as AFSA Communications Officer, Katie Johnston wishes to renominate for 2018.
Katie is an avid gardener, studied Social & Environmental Science at RMIT, and majored in Plant Biology. She developed a passion for small-scale, regenerative farming while WWOOFing through North America in 2010, and subsequently undertaking her Permaculture Design Certificate. She believes that small-scale agricultural systems have the capacity to help regenerate long-neglected ecosystems in Australia. Once a vegan, after studying food systems as part of her undergraduate degree(s) and integrating herself into her local farming and urban agriculture communities via work experience (on farms and for Melbourne Farmers Markets), programs (e.g. Farmer Incubator) and general hanging about…Katie began eating ethically sourced dairy and meat products again.
Katie formerly owned a bar and restaurant with her partner Kyle, and acted as Social Media Manager for this business. In her former life she was a Photographer and has a passion for communication and storytelling, particularly about farming.
While Katie does not have vast experience in Communications, she wishes to work more effectively for AFSA, whose work she strongly admires and values. As such, Katie is committed to investing more of her personal time into training for this role, in order to better serve the organisation. This will likely look like spending time undertaking a social media management course and learning how to better write for the web, as well as becoming more adept at using WordPress for the purposes AFSA uses it. While Katie feels she is placed to properly contribute to AFSA in the Communications Officer role currently, she is excited to expand her abilities and work as a more effective team member in the future.
Nomination supported by:
International Liason- Katarina Munksgaard
Current interim vice president of AFSA, Katarina Munksgaard is nominating for the international liaison position for the 2017-2018 committee to get more involved with the international food sovereignty issues and communicate these back to AFSA’s members and subscribers.
Having grown up on an intensive pig farm in rural Denmark, Kat realised early the detrimental effects of industrial and intensive farming. She believes food sovereignty as a concept is fitting to start to tackle these issues because it emphasises people’s democratic right to access nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown in ethical and ecologically-sound ways.
Kat is an anthropologist specialising in farming and interspecies relationships. She recently finished her master’s thesis on the food sovereignty movement in Australia. Kat got involved with AFSA to support her thesis work in 2015-16. She has interviewed and interacted with a large number of small-scale regenerative farmers all over Australia providing her with an in depth understanding of both the motivations behind choosing these farming methods and the current issues that farmers face. She has worked as a research assistant at Deakin University on the project Sustainable Fishing Families and can now also report on food sovereignty issues in the Australian fishing industry.
Kat has also worked specifically on the topic of genetically modified crops in India and the farmers who farm these crops. She has written extensively on the globalized and commodified food system and analysed the detrimental social and environmental effects these systems have on especially people in the Global South.
Nomination supported by:
Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU) Chair- Phil Stringer
Phil Stringer is currently managing a small mixed farm in SE Qld, running free range purebred Tamworth pigs, a small herd of cattle and growing subtropical perennial tubers along with various cut flowers and vegetables.
He's also a director of the Mary Valley Country Harvest Coop which provides weekly deliveries to the Sunshine Coast and valuable training, workshops and farm tours to local growers, as well as being actively involved in a project to get a local mixed species abattoir in the region again.
His background is in land management, and he continues to work off farm on revegetation projects.
He joined the AFSA national committee in August 2016.
Nomination supported by:
The catalyst for Ant's interest in food sovereignty was WOOFing on permaculture properties during an 11 month trip around Latin America in 2014/15. Since then he became a vegan; left the city; started working on small scale farms; built a sound understanding of sustainable food production; and started eating ethical meat again! Over the past 18 months, he's moved towards his goal of starting a farming enterprise by working closely with small scale farmers producing eggs, poultry, pork, beef, fruit, veggies and honey, and is currently exploring the possibility of running a fruit orchard with diversified production added over time. He is passionate about regenerating the land, producing ethical nutrient dense food, building strong Community Supported Agriculture and resilient localised food systems.
Ant is a strong believer that as sovereign individuals we should have the right to determine our own food systems and to access safe wholesome food that we choose, rather than be at the mercy of multinational agribusiness and its capitalist goals. As a general member of the AFSA committee Ant can harness his passion for food sovereignty to lobby governments, collaborate with other organisations and educate eaters. Together we can create radical change!
Nomination supported by:
Fran Murrell co-founded MADGE, a group that looks at GM, it's effects on farmers, eaters, land, water and life, in 2007. MADGE strongly supports and promotes food sovereignty and a transformation from the current food system. Fran has spent over 20 years researching the issue and realises we need a much deeper and richer engagement with food, farming and the ‘culture’ that agriculture creates. She was a member of the original AFSA committee. In 2016 she attended the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague. MADGE has always had a focus on understanding that the ills of the food system are global and so the networks for change need to be international too. She has spoken across Australia as well as in the US and Canada, written articles and submissions and contributed to three books.
Nomination supported by:
Catie Gressier is a researcher and cultural anthropologist based in Freo, Western Australia. She grew up in Sydney, but spent school holidays hanging out on her uncle’s dairy farm, which kick-started a long fascination with farming. She worked in diverse roles after school, from hospitality, to tourism, to Native Title, before undertaking a PhD in anthropology at UWA. With a regional focus on southern Africa and Australia, Catie has since published widely on settler relationships to land, and the anthropology of food (meat in particular). Her first book, At Home in the Okavango, examines belonging and connections to land among the white citizens of northwest Botswana, while her second book, Illness, Identity and Taboo among Australian Paleo Dieters,explores the industrial food system and contemporary consumption practices via the Paleo diet.
After five years at the University of Melbourne, she has recently relocated to Western Australia, where she is developing a new project working with regenerative farmers in both Western Australia and Victoria. This research explores how livestock farmers are responding to the ecological, social and economic challenges they face, in order to determine how they can best be supported in producing high welfare, culturally appropriate and nutritious foods sustainably. She has great respect for the work of AFSA, and would be delighted to offer her skills, knowledge and networks to help the committee pursue its goals in 2018.
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Date of release: 16 October 2017
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) will host the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra on the 23rd and 24th of October 2017 at the Burrungiri Cultural Centre.
The convergence will provide an opportunity for attendees to debate, share stories, analyse, strategise and plan towards building a fair food system for all Australians.
Held as an extension of Fair Food Week 2017, the Food Sovereignty Convergence will attract farmers, consumer advocates, right to food activists, urban agriculturalists, educators, communicators & innovators, and is open to anyone who sees themselves as part of Australia's food sovereignty movement.
The Food Sovereignty Convergence is run as an ‘un-conference’, allowing sessions to be determined democratically on each day and to encourage participation from attendees, as well as broad and inclusive discussions around the measures needed to promote Fair Food.
Topics up for discussion this year include issues around genetically modified (GM) technologies in agriculture, the impact of regulation and planning schemes on small-scale farmers, hunger activism and the 'right to food', and food sovereignty at a global level.
In addition to the un-conference agenda, the closing of the first day of the convergence will see Bruce Pascoe discuss reconciliation of First People's land management with the new movement of regenerative farming. Following this, a potluck dinner, for which separate tickets can be purchased, will be held on the Monday night at Canberra City Farm.
Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm, the Southern Harvest Association and AFSA Secretary, has said "Food Sovereignty should be important to all Australians. It represents one’s ability to choose who and where they buy their food from and in the case of farmers, to produce food that is a reflection of our deep understanding of how the land, animals and people are all interconnected.
The Food Sovereignty Movement and its allies advocate for size-appropriate legislation that is reflective of the true nature of small-scale, ethical farming operations. Coming together to discuss, plan and envision the ways in which we can strengthen the movement will allow farmers, eaters, legislators and everyone interested in Food Sovereignty to come together to connect over shared ideas and productive dialogue.”
This year, Bruce Pascoe is set to highlight the importance of events such as the Food Sovereignty Convergence in recognising the impact of First People's land management practices, and how the future of farming could look if we work with the First Peoples of Australia to utilise their ‘grossly undervalued’ knowledge to improve farming systems in this country.
"Imagine re-educating the nation and utilising the two major crops of Aboriginal Australia: yams (as well as other root vegetables) and grains. All of these plants were domesticated by Aboriginal people and these are the plants which offer the most exciting prospects for farming today."
Tickets for the 2017 Food Sovereignty Convergence can be purchased via the AFSA website or the Try Booking event page.
• Tammi Jonas, AFSA President M: 0422 429 362
• Penny Kothe, AFSA Secretary E: firstname.lastname@example.org
This blog post was originally posted on AFSA President Tammi Jonas' personal blog, Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics, as part of 'The Regulation Diaries' series.
In October 2015, I visited Jo Stritch of Happy Valley Free Range, Livestock Farmer of the Year in 2014.
Jo had just been ordered to remove all her pigs from her farm after losing a case in VCAT trying to prove that her farm wasn’t ‘intensive’.
According to the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP), intensive animal husbandry refers to ‘importing most food from outside the enclosures’. “In Happy Valley Piggery v Yarra Ranges SC, VCAT  determined that ‘most food’ meant most nutrition. This had the effect of making a free-range piggery fall under the definition of Intensive animal husbandry. This classification was counterintuitive to some people as a ‘free range’ piggery was not seen as ‘intensive’.” (AIAC 2015)
In late 2015, an independent body (the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC)) was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to address concerns that the planning provisions were no longer sufficiently meeting the needs and expectations of farmers nor the community.
I will here quote extensively from both the consultation paper and the final report of the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC).
The VPP Advisory Committee of 1997 that reviewed the implementation of the VPP said: It does not matter where the food is sourced from because it is the concentration of the animals which leads to the need for planning control. The current definition is an input measure – it seeks to define the use based on the source of the feed inputs. What matters in planning are the outcomes, or impacts, of a use. Shifting the definition and control of animal industries to focus on their impacts would seem to make more sense.
Victoria’s planning approval system for intensive animal husbandry is unique compared to other states in that Codes of Practice have been developed for a number of livestock industries that rely on intensive housing and production systems, to support the planning process. There are codes for the piggery, cattle feedlot and broiler industries. These are incorporated into the VPP and all planning schemes in Victoria.
Development of the codes was triggered by expansion of these industries coupled with a recognition of the need to achieve environmentally and financially viable development. The intent of the codes was to provide a detailed and stringent framework of accepted principles and where possible standards for the establishment and operation of intensive animal industries under Victorian conditions. (AIAC 2015)
In 2016, the AIAC recommended a ‘graduated approach to planning controls based on risk’, pointing out that “some intensive animal industries are of a scale that people not associated with the industry might find confronting: chicken farms of 1.2 million birds, goat dairies of 14,000 goats. But many intensive animal industries are of a small scale catering to local or boutique markets – the planning system needs to manage the lower risk these operations pose in a manner commensurate with that risk.” (AIAC 2016)
So the AIAC recognized that the relevant permit requirements of the VPP and associated codes of practice were designed to address the risks to environment and amenity posed by large-scale industrial sheds of pigs and poultry and that free-range pig and poultry farms had been inadvertently caught up in the definition over the technicality of importing the majority of the feed. The independent committee also recognized that the risk profile of a small-scale free-range pig farm is very different to a shed full of pigs, and that the planning provisions should account for this difference in risk.
The AIAC recommendation that there be graduated controls that would treat small-scale pig and poultry farmers much like other grazing systems (subject to meeting minimum standards), would have removed the onerous and unnecessary requirement for a permit.
They also recommended to allow these low risk farms to be allowed operate in Green Wedge Zones with a permit, which is significant because the prohibition on intensive animal husbandry in Green Wedge Zones is what ultimately caused the move of Happy Valley Free Range to a different shire in order to continue farming. This was broadly acceptable to most small-scale pastured pig and poultry farmers and the eaters who want access to ethical and ecologically-sound meat.
What is also significant is that the Government is now proposing to allow intensive pig and poultry sheds into Green Wedge, Rural Living, and Rural Conservation Zones with a permit, quite contrary to the recommendations of the AIAC.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) put in a submission to the AIAC and attended the public hearings, and felt that the committee captured our members’ concerns reasonably well, and that we had reason to be hopeful that the Government would take the recommendations and rectify the situation where pastured pig and poultry farmers had become collateral damage of the need to more closely monitor our industrial counterparts.
The Final Report was delivered to the Victorian Government in April 2016, and so we waited. And waited.
In September 2017, the draft of the graduated controls – the tool we expected would rectify pastured pig and poultry farmers’ inadvertent treatment as though we were industrial intensive livestock producers – were released for public consultation, and we were beyond disappointed.
While the independent committee (the AIAC) had demonstrably understood how unnecessary it is to apply the same controls to low-risk pastured systems as to large-scale intensive sheds, once the report disappeared behind government doors, it appeared that the Big Ag lobby (in particular Australia Pork Limited (APL), but also the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)) have virtually written the draft provisions. I cannot shake the phrase ‘where malice is enabled by incompetence’ from my head.
Make no mistake – APL, VFF, and MLA are no friend to small-scale producers. APL have been sending their representative to VCAT hearings to testify against small-scale pastured pig farmers such as Jo Stritch. President of the VFF Livestock Group, export beef and grain farmer and feedlot owner Leonard Vallance (who is also the former chair of the Board of Victorian meat regulator PrimeSafe) is on the record saying that “Farmers’ markets are the achilles heel of the Victorian food industry,” he said. “The reputational risk to our export markets is massive…”. Head of the VFF Pig Group is 500-sow intensive pig producer John Bourke. And Head of the Egg Group is a caged-egg producer.
The VFF even submitted to the AIAC that the Public Health and Wellbeing Act should be amended to exempt agricultural producers from nuisance complaints.
In a recent newsletter, the VFF asserted that they:
do not support the planning permit exemption for some piggeries and poultry farms for a number of reasons. Often people start small and grow over time. Will the person who started with 150 hens know to get a planning permit when they have 1000 hens?
Planning is about asking the questions on land use, environment and amenity – 200 hens on a quarter acre block has a different impact on five hectares and 33 pigs is a large number of pigs even on this same area. We feel these questions need to be asked of all pig and poultry farms given these aren’t grazing animals and will always need additional feed.
To summarise some of the key issues, the draft provisions would:
- Treat a pastured producer with 500 birds the same as an intensive producer with 500,000 birds in sheds.
- Treat a pastured pig producer with more than 8 sows on paddocks (around 80 pigs) the same as an intensive producer with 800 sows in sheds (possibly 8,000 pigs in total).
- Allow an existing intensive poultry farm to open a new range for up to 150,000 chickens without any of the restrictions placed on a farmer with 500 chickens.
- Enforce 100m buffer zones from neighbouring dwellings on pastured poultry farms with up to 450 birds and pastured pig farms with up to 8 sows – rendering small scale farming on land less than 200m wide practically impossible (to give some perspective, at least 1000 birds and 100 pigs is typical for viable small-scale systems).
- Allow cattle feedlots with up to 1000 cattle to be established with no permit.
- Allow intensive pig and poultry sheds in the Green Wedge, Rural Living, & Rural Conservation Zones with a permit (currently prohibited).
To be clear, where we expected the new provisions to rectify the unintended consequence of recently treating pastured pig and poultry farmers the same as intensive shed producers, the Government’s draft instead codifies this interpretation.
No longer does risk to environment or amenity appear to be a key consideration – intensive producers have successfully lobbied the Government and the result is prohibitive and expensive permit application requirements that will be the death knell of the growing movement of small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms in Victoria.
Taking only pigs as an example, here is the striking difference between what the AIAC recommended and what the Government is proposing.
AIAC Recommendation (April 2016)
|Category 3 – Mid‐scale No permit if specified standards and requirements are metIntensive supplementary feeding of cattle, sheep or goats (not a feedlot) where provided for in a code. Small sheep feedlot where provided for in a code. Small free range pig and poultry farms where provided for in a code.|
PSAI Draft (September 2017)
|Permit required – Streamlined application process*No more than 8 sows + 1 boar + progeny|
No pigs located in these setbacks: 100m from other dwellings
I’ll save it for our longer public submission to explain the entirely arbitrary nature of the numbers proposed by the Government that is rendered even more meaningless by failing to attach any land size specification to the number of stock.
So why shouldn’t small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms be required to seek a permit to farm in the Farming Zone?
Because we are farming, and the Farming Zone’s purpose is to enable farming, and because other pastured livestock systems do not require a permit to farm. Even the potato farmers whose paddocks are routinely kept barren and many of whom spray glyphosate and fungicides right up to their boundaries do not require a permit, so why should we?
And what is the big deal if the Government insists that we must obtain permits despite the lack of evidence-based arguments for why we should?
Because it is an expensive and complicated process. In our shire, for example, a permit costs about $1300. Most people do not feel confident writing their own applications with all the attendant documentation and need to access multiple government agencies for information, and so hiring consultants is the norm, at many more thousands of dollars. If subject to a notice and review period, one must post notices and alert neighbours to the application, and then sit through local council meetings and be interrogated about the plan, often questioned about aspects totally irrelevant to a highly mobile, pastured livestock system (‘please explain the siting of the sheds’ – ‘there are no sheds’).
The history of the Victorian Planning Provisions reads like Dracula meets Yes Minister. If we take away the intentions – good and bad – and seek to enable farming while judging farming systems on their merits, it’s really not that difficult. Here are some useful principles:
- The Farming Zone is to enable farming.
- Pasture-based livestock systems are (potentially) healthiest for soils, animals, water, air, and workers.
- A permit should be required for technologies and systems known to present higher risks to environment and amenity.
- There must be recourse for complaints and enforcement when farmers (of any size or production model) are failing to farm responsibly.
So what do we want?
AFSA has started a petition that needs as many voices as possible. The Government needs to know that the people want access to ethically and ecologically-sound produce, and that you stand as and with small-scale producers working to grow a better, fairer food system for everyone.
We call on Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to explain why low-risk small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms are to be subjected to greater scrutiny and compliance costs than cattle feedlots.
We demand that small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms be treated under the Farming Zone like other low-risk grazing systems that rely on supplemental feed such as the majority of Victorian beef and dairy cattle.
Join AFSA and add your voice to the food sovereignty movement that is working to secure access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems.
Animal Industries Advisory Committee Discussion Paper (Dec 2015): https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/10080/Animal-Industries-Discussion-Paper-Revision-1.PDF
Animal Industries Advisory Committee Final Report (April 2016): http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/323424/PPV-Animal-Industries-Final-Report-.pdf
Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries (Sept 2017): https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/planning-reform/sustainable-animal-industries