The Australian Fertilizer Industry Sustainability and Stewardship report can be downloaded below.
Fertilizer is responsible for feeding more than half the world’s population and will help us to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050. Fertilizer provides the nutrients essential for plant growth. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur are the building blocks of all plant and animal life. As crops and animals are removed and consumed so too are the nutrients they have taken up. For a sustainable system these nutrients must be replaced and that is the key role that fertilizers play.
Fertilizers will help to ensure we can continue to feed a growing population with less impact on the environment. Increasing productivity on existing agricultural land means less environmental land will need to be converted to agriculture. Net greenhouse gas emissions will be less than they would be if larger scale clearing of environmental land for agriculture were to occur.
Fertilizers also present a range of risks in a number of areas. The challenge for our industry is to continue our essential contribution to food production whilst ensuring we manage the risks associated with our products. Through effective stewardship, our industry is committed to managing for a sustainable future.
Members of Fertilizer Australia are committed to supporting three strategy pillars:
- Sustainability and Stewardship – keeping our house in order through the implementation of codes of practice, standards, training and accreditation.
- Engagement – strong partnerships with government and other stakeholders to help design and implement effective policies to manage the risks and benefits of fertilizer use.
- Information and Education – telling our story so that good decisions can be made based on facts and the best available science.
This report is a key part of this commitment. It tests how well our members are performing in implementing codes of practice, training, accreditation programs, and best practice standards. It describes a range of issues, the industry’s approach to them and how well we are performing.
Our industry is firmly committed to engaging with stakeholders in responsible policy development and implementation to ensure that our products continue to help feed the world in a way that is truly sustainable. This is backed up by a substantial contribution to managing risks, throughout the life-cycle of our products, so that we can be a positive partner in turning good policy into effective action.
We welcome feedback and opportunities for further engagement and I hope this report will be a useful part of that process.
Charlie Perkins, Chairman.
Sustainability and Stewardship 2016.pdf