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Carbon and the rural economy

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The economic life blood of rural communities depends on trade with each other, and more so on trade with cities. You export fresh produce, livestock and minerals to places of dense population for value adding and for consumption. Remuneration for this exchange, the blood sweat and tears of struggle comes in the form of a few dollars trickling back to you. The coming carbon restrained economy has the potential to change some of the current situation for the better.

As a rural community member and a farmer, imagine being paid by city based homes and businesses to bring the land back to a state of health, to move away from artificial fertilizers, and to implement management practice that will see dollars staying in your pocket. And to witness such things as the creation of decentralized passive power production facilities just out of your towns, providing opportunities, jobs and cash in this emerging green economy.

The implementation of a carbon restrained economy within Australia is at present somewhat of a political football, if you listen to some politicians the whole idea is all doom and gloom, especially for the rural based economy, and for others its a necessary step that must be at best, endured.

This is perhaps not the whole truth, Green House Gas (GHG) balancing may be an opportunity, it can provide significant value to land owners, it is already providing a mechanism for farmers to be paid to become highly sustainable.

It will deliver greater responsibility for how we use our available natural resources, and it will drive sustainability in innovation, all this is good for your children, good for the planet and good for you and your community.

More information on carbon and the rural economy is available from YLAD Living Soils .

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