Yep, you've got it folks! Our government says that replacing agriculture with an airport will be a boon for agriculture!
Airports poison the land & water!
International arrivals bring pests & disease!
Farmland encourages wildlife - planes & wildlife don't mix!
The area zoned for 'agribusiness' is almost entirely owned by one pair of billionaire brothers. Liberal Party donors & property developers, they own the largest dairy company in Australia. In their company, dairies aren't farms, they're businesses, and the cows are commodities. These are the same brothers who were involved in the Leppington Triangle land deal scandal! So not only were they paid $30 million for land worth $3 million - out of OUR taxes - they're the only farmers in the district who can possibly benefit from the airport! By expanding their business into exports!
'Food miles' refers to the distance that your food has travelled to get to you. For example, fresh vegetables produced in western Sydney & sold to you at Paddys Markets has fewer food miles than those coming from the USA.
Reducing food miles is one small thing you can do to reduce your climate emissions. Of course, it's also important to consider the means of travel because this can have a greater influence on emissions than distance. For example, food imported by plane will produce more emissions than than that imported the same distance by ship, because planes are the most polluting form of transport.
Now, you may have seen stories that food miles don't matter because agricultural production methods & production methods contribute far more to the climate impact of food. Such arguments are counter-productive & misleading. If you select food produced in a sustainable manner & with less packaging, they become irrelevant. The point here is that looking at food miles is a means of further reducing your emissions. Every little bit counts!
There's another motivation for food miles critics. Considering food miles will give small producers an advantage over the big boys. Industry dominating companies have farms, processing plants, fleets of trucks & distribution centres all over Australia. So your food may have done a long tour around the country before it gets to you. Other sources are those involved in imports & exports, particularly of fresh food (which comes by plane). You may see them use language like 'anti-globalisation', 'anti-capitalist'. or 'damaging the economy' (that gem of a claim hauled out by the likes of mining magnates & aviation bosses to garner support).
In Australia it can be hard to know the food miles of the things your buying, as it's not included on the packaging. Even 'made in Australia' could have more food miles than imported produce if it was transported by plane. To help fix this problem, contact the Minister for Emissions Reduction to ask for better labelling. Specify that you want to see where food comes from WITHIN Australia, & HOW it is transported used to calculate total food miles.
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