The Ecological Agriculture Australia Association (the EAAA) intention is to add a new dimension to agricultural education, extension, research, and, politics.
The organisation stands between the world of industrial agriculture on the one hand, (which we have little affiliation with), and organic agriculture on the other, (which we do have affiliation with). In essence we are driven by an ecological imperative.
We believe that ecology is the foundation stone of agriculture and that this science (which embraces its natural and social elements) needs to be the primary driver of all management decisions.
Our mantra is one of looking after that which we are dependant on – in this case the biosphere.
Mission: We recognize ecology – the scientific and social scientific worldview — as the basis for the production of food and fibre and see it as the bedrock for the healthy functioning of the earth and its subsidiary systems.
In this context we seek the adoption of the term in the wider community and its application to explain productive ecosystems and healthy communities.
- To enhance the farmer and communities understanding of the role of ecology in the food and fibre production.
- To promote an understanding of ecological principles as being fundamental to the survival and preservation of our planet and to promote their implementation as a core activity.
- To foster the development of communities and their networking to enhance ecological principles in food and fibre production
- To advance an understanding of systems thinking and its role in developing holistic outcomes.
Mission: To promote the values and principles that underpins the development of an ecologically sustainable agriculture. Such agriculture recognizes the intrinsic rights of all including the human and non-human worlds and acknowledges the integral role of land stewardship. These values and principles need to lead to a way of farming which enhances the environment (both living and non-living) within which agriculture operates.
In order to define a set of clear principles and values to guide Australian agriculture the organisation ratifies and adopts as its working model the four principles and 16 sub-principles as outlined in the Earth Charter. These four principles are:
- Respect and care for the community of life
- Ecological Integrity
- Social and economic justice
- Democracy, nonviolence, and peace
We endorse the Earth Charter and the expressed opinions contained therein and seek to ensure their application. In this context we
- support an ethical framework that respects values and cares for the natural ecological systems and cycles.
- endorse the three dimensions of life, ecological, social and personal
- recognise the interconnection of organisms and the environment and their intrinsic worth.
- seek to preserve the integrity and stability of the biotic community and leave as good as or better for the following generations.
- Working with the Education Pillar seek ways to promote the communities understanding of values and their impact on decision making
Refer to http://www.earthcharter.org.au/ for details regarding the principles.
Mission: To enhance all communities including the farming communities understanding of ecological agricultural principles and ways of thinking.
- To promote the teaching of ecological principles and ecological thinking skills at all levels of education.
- To develop training packages to enable farmers and people not interested in a formal education to develop an understanding of ecological principles.
- To provide input into the national agri-food industry skills council to enable development of training competencies and their inclusion in National training packages.
- Provide easy teacher access to engaging ecological agricultural learning resources.
- To support research endeavours into ecological approaches to food and fibre production or to seek funding to conduct the research.
Mission: To increase the awareness, understanding and adoption of ecologically-based farming practices.
To achieve the vision we will:
- Establish a readily accessible ‘knowledge bank’ of ecological farming ideas, proven practices and networking data (eg, group contacts etc).
- Facilitate and establish mutually beneficial partnerships with related groups and organisations.
- Conduct and sponsor seminars, workshops and conferences to assist in the transfer of information and techniques associated with ecological farming.
- Facilitate and support research and development into ecological farming practices including demonstration of its economic worth.
- To promote carbon footprint recognition per farm as a means of increasing farmer awareness of carbon emissions and carbon sequestration potential.
- Enable support groups for farmers engaging in ecological farming processes.
- Seek recognition and rewards from politicians, industry and community of those farmers who farm ecologically and thereby make a significant contribution to enhancing the natural environment and producing healthy food and fibre.
Mission: To create and provide opportunities for the equitable and efficient distribution of food and fibre from farm to a range of communities including families and businesses thus increasing the connection between farmers and consumers.
- To promote the benefits of ecologically grown food and fibre
- To acknowledge farmers for their efforts in farming ecologically
- To reduce inefficient links in the supply and value chain by establishing effective and efficient connections between farmers and end consumer
- To empower farmers to diversify and strategically become the value chain
- To encourage retailers and wholesalers to price differentiate with ecologically grown food and fibre
- To support the development of district/regional food cultures including Slow Food
- To promote the linkage between soil, food and health topic.