Eating is an Agricultural Act
There’s lots of fun and frivolous things that happen at the Show, but there’s also a more serious and educational side to Australia’s largest event. At the heart of the Show is celebrating, recognising and rewarding agricultural excellence.
Every day is about agriculture at the Show but a special day, Excellence in Agriculture Day, was held today to highlight the vital role farmers and agriculture plays to the health and wealth of our nation.
With 2012 heralded the Australian Year of the Farmer, this day was particularly in the spotlight, recognising the important work farmers do in providing for our nation and ensuring a sustainable food source for our future.
A range of events took place, including an Innovation and Technology display, a debate on genetically modified food and an inaugural Country vs City cricket match, featuring Australian Year of the Farmer ambassador, Glenn McGrath.
The next time you’re wandering around the pavilions at the Show and witnessing the fine display of animals, or eating prime meat or fresh fruit and vegetables, spare a moment for our agricultural industry and how lucky we are to live in a country with productive farmers and plentiful resources.
To read an interesting speech on Australia’s agricultural future, delivered by Professor Bill Bellotti at the opening of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, click here.
Professor Bill Bellotti is the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, and Director on Board of the Australian Year of the Farmer.