Sustainable Agriculture News

AFS Seminar Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management

To ensure the sustainability, environmental security and legality of products used in the housing and construction industries, the government and public building authorities are placing greater emphasis on Australian standards in their regulations.

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How to maintain a sustainable forest?

A sustainable forest is a forest that is carefully managed so that as trees are felled they are replaced with seedlings that eventually grow into mature trees. This is a carefully and skilfully managed system. The forest is a working environment, producing wood products such as wood pulp for the paper / card industry and wood based materials for furniture manufacture and the construction industry. Great care is taken to ensure the safety of wildlife and to preserve the natural environment.

Sustainable forests are the result of a commonsense policy to replace trees that are felled so that forests continue to exist providing natural materials for us all.

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US Timber Industry Vs Biomass

Recently the University of Washington published a new study that addressed Biomass and the carbon emissions resulting from it, hoping to answer questions as to whether Biomass is truly renewable. A Couple of years ago the Manomet Center in Massachusetts, released a study that greatly undermined the public perception of Biomass. The problem with the Manomet Center and its ‘Study’ commissioned by the State of Massachusetts, is the simple fact that the Manomet Center is guided by an ideology that is thoroughly committed to conservation regardless of the human consequences. Conservation is their primary concern and if industry suffers or factories close or jobs are lost then so be it. So long as no woodpeckers or rare weeds or flowers are harmed they have accomplished their mission. We have seen this kind of ideology based research before and it always results in bizarre and indefensible conclusions masquerading as science.

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