Australia agriculture continues to put food on the tables three times a day. It continues to innovate and contribute to the nation's prosperity. It continues to eke out efficiencies in the production system. Though much is to be lauded, much needs to change.
And it's more fundamental than support for drought ravaged businesses.
Modern agriculture is grounded on the belief that the primary objective of the industry is to produce as much food and fibre as possible for the least cost.
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Will we accept that profitability of farm enterprises, and especially family businesses, is a legitimate aspiration?
What is it that we want our agriculture to do?