Producing rainforest products is the only way you can sustainably sustainably harvest and harvest rainforest produce, a new report by WWF, says.
“When you’re talking about rainforest production, you can’t just do it as an export industry.
It has to be sustainable,” WWF director of sustainability and environmental management and director of the Rainforest Conservation Program at WWF-Australia, Stephen Smith, said.
Mr Smith said that the government needed to “do more” to promote sustainable production.
“Rainforest products are a way to get around the problem of pollution and degradation that’s a problem in the rainforests,” he said.
“It’s a very expensive way of getting around the pollution that’s happening.”
He said there needed to be a change in the way rainforest producers were producing.
“If you can produce something with no pollution and that’s in a place where you can maintain biodiversity and sustainably manage that, then you should be encouraged to do that,” he told news.com, “You can’t go back to exporting.”
Mr Smith noted that there are some farmers who “don’t really care” about sustainability, and that farmers “do things the wrong way”.
“I think the idea of putting a label on rainforest product is really misguided.
We need to think about this as a business, a way of doing business, rather than as a statement of environmental values.”
He called on the Australian Government to do more to promote rainforest agriculture, particularly in remote and marginal areas.
“The only way to support sustainable farming is to do it in remote areas and marginalised areas where it’s not viable,” he argued.
Rainforest production and sustainability are linkedThe report says there are many ways to support and manage rainforest crops, including by planting seeds, managing soil fertility, protecting land, harvesting rainforest, using water conservation measures and planting trees.
Mr Smith told newscom.com that farmers in remote parts of the rain forest “can be very good” producers.
“They can have a sustainable income.”
But it’s very important to do your research on whether that’s the case.
“He added that there were a range of different ways to grow, harvest and produce rainforest fruits and vegetables.”
In some places, there’s a lot of competition,” he noted.”
There are a lot more commercial growers, so there’s not a lot to do in the remote areas.
“Mr Harris said he was “disappointed” to hear that “most people” were “not aware” of the importance of rainforest management.”
This is an area where there is a lot in the bush, a lot that people don’t know about,” he suggested.”
That’s why it’s so important for the Government to work with farmers to understand the benefits of sustainable rainforest farming.
“The report said rainforest farms could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 per cent by 2050.”
Farmers need to be more aware of the value of the forests they produce,” it said.
The report noted that some countries had been investing in rainforest conservation and development, but there was “not enough” rainforest protection to support “every single farmer” in those countries.
Mr Harris called on Australian governments to consider rainforest agricultural policies to “enhance the sustainability of Australian rainforeast agriculture”.”
This report is a good reminder that we need to make sure we are looking after the environment and supporting sustainable agriculture, and not just in a purely commercial sense,” he added.