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Environmental duty of care: from ethical principle towards a code of practice for the grazing industry in Queensland (Australia)

By R. Greiner

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Among the options of government for reducing negative environmental externalities from agriculture is the institution of a polluter statutory liability. An environmental duty of care imposes a statutory liability on agents who interact with the environment to avoid causing environmental harm. This paper documents environmental duty of care provisions governing landholders in Queensland, Australia, with specific reference to the 2007 Queensland State Rural Leasehold Land Strategy. The paper reports on a positive response by a group of leaseholders within the Northern Gulf Region in Queensland who developed a prototype environmental code of practice for grazing - a land use not previously covered by such an institution in Australia. The paper concludes that (1) a statutory environmental duty of care and specific forms of leasehold tenure are elements of an effective strategy for implementing an agricultural environmental ethics in north Australia's rangelands and (2) a grazing industry code of practice is a practical and important tool for the grazing industry to safeguard its social licence to operate.

Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 27
Issue 4
Pages 527-547
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
Publisher Springer
DOI 10.1007/s10806-013-9475-6
Language English
Author Address Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia.romy.greiner@cdu.edu.au
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  1. Accountability
  2. Agriculture
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthropology
  6. APEC countries
  7. Australasia
  8. Australia
  9. Code of practice
  10. Commonwealth of Nations
  11. Conservation
  12. Countries
  13. Developed countries
  14. Economics
  15. Environment
  16. Ethics
  17. Grasslands and rangelands
  18. Grazing
  19. Laws and regulations
  20. leases
  21. Liability
  22. natural resources
  23. Oceania
  24. OECD countries
  25. Pastoralism.
  26. Protection
  27. rangelands
  28. Social psychology and social anthropology