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The UWA Future Farm 2050 Project
A real world sustainable and profitable farming program Part I

Overview of a sustainable and profitable farm, UWA style Professor Graeme Martin, from the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, is also leader of an innovative project known as Future Farm 2050 – a project that really is important for our future. By 2050 there will be 50% more people in the world and those people need to be fed without destroying the planet. The Future Farm 2050 project was born out of the idea of such a developing issue. The project team convinced the University of Western Australia in 2008 that the university should own a real farm and establish it as the ideal farm for 2050.
Part II: restoring biodiversity in sustainable farming

Around 50 - 60% of Australia is under the control of farmers, meaning they are effectively responsible for our biodiversity. They need to be part of a new discussion about what we can do to improve their lives and produce food for the rest of us, while saving biodiversity. No matter how we look at it, the future of farming is firmly linked to natural resources. Professor Graeme Martin, from the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, outlines some of the benefits of the Future Farm 2050 project, especially in terms of biodiversity and soil fertility. 
Part III: Clean, green and ethical farming

Field Goal: Professor Graeme Martin, Leader of the Future Farm 2050 Project at the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, outlines some of the benefits in running clean, green and ethical livestock. It is located at the Ridgefield Farm near Pingelly WA. It is a 1600 ha working model farm, mixed enterprise operation. ‘Clean' means that the farm reduces its dependency on chemicals, antibiotics and the like; ‘green' reminds us that grazing ruminants have a greenhouse gas footprint to consider; ‘ethical' reminds us that animal welfare is important. Current research into natural resistance and genetic diversity address welfare issues, such as mulesing, drug and chemical use. Future Farm 2050 does not practice mulesing. Indeed, Professor Martin hopefully predicts that within 5 years all Australian farms will be free from mulesing practice. Three to four superstar native plants have been identified which can reduce methane emissions by 20-50%.In addition these supply green winter fodder enabling sheep to maintain weight, combat worms and reduce mortality. On Future Farm, the star performer, Eremophila produced a greening effect in places where crops couldn’t grow. Such natives attract birds, insects and reptiles enhancing biodiversity. It also enables restoration of landscape, managing salinity and water table levels with improved profits, according to economic analysis of shrub-based systems. An important achievement would be Australia becoming mulesing free. You could say it is a field goal of Future Farm.
 

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