Ignoring climate change turns the White Paper into a white elephant

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The Australian Greens said today that the agriculture White Paper promises to be a white elephant unless it addresses the threats posed to agriculture by climate change and helps the sector prepare accordingly.

"You can't talk about the future of Australia's agriculture, farmers, growers, food security and regional communities without talking about the threats posed by climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"The White Paper's terms of reference need to specifically address climate change.

"Agriculture is fundamentally dependent on the climate and as such any plan for its future competitiveness and profitability must address the fact that the climate is changing.

"Investment in research and development and innovation to deal with the effects of climate change, as well as planning and land management issues should also be included in the terms of reference.

"The Greens understand the importance of helping farmers and growers around the country deal with the increasing threats they face from declining returns, resource development such as coal seam gas, climate change and extreme weather. For this reason, the White Paper process needs to be as thorough as possible," Senator Siewert concluded.