Abbott says climate change is crap. Do farmers agree?

Abbott says climate change is crap. Do farmers agree?

I spent yesterday in the Legislative Chamber of NSW Parliament House at the GAP Summit on  Food Sustainability, International Food Markets & Agriculture. We heard lots about Australia’s fragile soils and the challenges of managing land beset by drought and floods.

We also heard a lot about Australia’s adaptive, innovative and resourceful farmers.

Today I read that Tony Abbott, who, to quote an article in The Independent, once dismissed evidence of climate change as “absolute crap”, has frozen billions of dollars in renewable energy funding, disbanded an environmental agency set up to provide independent information to the public and sacked its head, the internationally renowned scientist and author Tim Flannery.

I’ll be interested to hear whether Australia’s farmers think this is a good thing.