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Title: Renegotiating farmers' social licence
Contributor(s): Martin, Paul  (author)orcid ; Williams, Jacqueline  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: In this final chapter, we bring together many of the strands from the previous chapters. We highlight some themes from the experience of farmers and farmer organisations, in part viewed through the lens of the more academic chapters. We suggest some potential directions for more effectively tackling social licence issues in farming. Of all the lessons that emerge, one stands out: renegotiating the social licence of farmers will require committed leaders and cohesive farmer organisations able to secure the trust of an often sceptical public. This requires that they embrace unpalatable criticisms so that they can develop strategies to deal with them to the extent that is possible. Such adjustments are often likely to require significant changes to historically established farming practices, and new governance structures in the farm sector. Only within the context of a sophisticated strategy of genuine engagement with the demands of the community is it likely that tactical interventions, such as public relations, voluntary impact reporting and political lobbying, will prove to be effective in the longer term in defending the maximum freedoms for farming. If it is possible to create a genuine partnership with government and non-government organisations outside the farm sector, then co-regulation that will better reward greater social responsibility is possible. If not, then farmers may find themselves continually on the back foot, responding defensively to increasingly costly and complex regulatory requirements.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Defending the Social Licence of Farming: Issues, Challenges and New Directions for Agriculture, p. 195-202
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Collingwood, Australia
ISBN: 9780643101593
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 050209 Natural Resource Management
070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960705 Rural Land Policy
940405 Law Reform
960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Jacqueline Williams and Paul Martin
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