The transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture will involve deep changes in the social, economic, political, and ecological settings that influence and shape farming and food systems. A crucial dimension of the sustainability transition of farming systems is cultivating a socio-cultural story that is both promising and powerful; one that outlines new modes of relating to ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
The first article from Food First’s newest series, Lessons from Australia’s Bushfires, focusing on the voices, insights and knowledge of Australian farmers and Traditional Owners who are on the frontlines of climate change. As people start rebuilding their lives and the Australian landscape slowly begins to regenerate, it is time for the global community to reflect on our collective, long-term responsibilities for the health of our planet and humanity’s future.
The localised impacts of the bushfire crisis in Australia were devastating on farming communities and will likely see major flow-on effects across the broader food system. How we can stimulate and sustain a transformative dialogue after the fires are out – one which opens up possibilities for more sustainable futures to emerge?