The ABC’s Anna Vidot reports (29.11.16): ‘A survey of Australian farmers’ attitudes to climate change has found many are concerned, and want their politicians and agricultural representatives to do more.’
Her report continues: ‘More than 1,300 primary producers, from a wide range of industries and states, responded to the survey which was organised by Farmers for Climate Action.
‘Of those who responded, 80 per cent wanted politicians to do more about climate change, including renewed and secure public investment in research, development and extension programs, to help farmers adapt to a more volatile climate.
‘The same number of farmers wanted their agriculture sector representatives to do more to advocate for stronger action.
‘… Not all farmers are comfortable subscribing to the idea of climate change, the survey found.
‘According to the survey, about 60 per cent of farmers believed in climate change. But even more respondents said they were concerned about changing conditions they had observed on their properties, even though they were not prepared to call that “climate change”.’