The pastoral estate will need to prove it can become …

Comment on New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it. by Alex.

The pastoral estate will need to prove it can become truly sustainable or it will not transition into an industry that caters to the modern demands of the consumer.
There is growing awareness of the ecological impact of beef production that is already influencing consumer choices.
Obviously it would be best for all involved if the industry committed to reducing its significant carbon emissions and ecological footprint.
Meat and Livestock Australia is aspiring to move to carbon neutrality by 2030. So it is possible to aim higher.
The land clearing application mentioned above on the Maryfield station has hardly moved through a rigorous assessment process.
It is the largest land clearing application in the history of the NT but it was not actually formally assessed through an environmental impact statement and the Pastoral Land board ignored the recommendations of the EPA.
The Pastoral Land Board should diversify their representation so that they can make decisions that maintain the ecological integrity of pastoral lands rather than striving to push productivity that degrades country.

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