Presented by Mr Doug Yuille - Water Quality Policy Manager, WWF Sustainable Agriculture
World food production depends on two natural resources: soil and water. Two billion of the Earth’s 7 billion people depend on green revolution crops which depend on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels resources. However, collateral damage of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use is threatening the underpinning soil and water resource, and affecting food production in other ways. This presentation will look at these issues in the context of agriculture in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
About the speaker:
Mr Doug Yuille is currently the Water Policy Manager for WWF Australia, working on agricultural pollution and the reef protection campaign. From a Central Queensland mixed cattle and cropping farm, he developed an organic fruit farm in northern NSW before becoming a campaigner for The Wilderness Society, and working in Indonesia on an agricultural development aid project. In 1994 he joined the Queensland public service, on the drafting and implementation of the Environmental Protection Act. From 1996 to 2004 he worked for the Brisbane City Council as pollution control manager, and the Lord Mayer’s Office as Environment Policy Adviser on the Moreton Bay Study and the Healthy Waterways Campaign. He subsequently served as policy advisor for the Office of the Qld Minister for Natural Resources and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. From 2008 to 2012, he served in the Qld Department of Environment as Manager, Reef Policy, working with cane and cattle producers to protect Reef water quality.
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