My name is Genevieve Carruthers, and I work for the NSW Department of
Agriculture in Australia. My background is in ecology (with a special
interest in sustainable agriculture and entomology/soil fauna). I have
previously worked for the Federal EPA (conducting risk assessment for
ag. and vet chemicals prior to their release), various universities,
and the Australian Plague Locust Commission.
I have recently been employed to work with farmers and other clients
of NSW Ag. interested in adopting a systems approach to farming.
Obviously, organic farmers and similar are already some way down this
I am interested in case studies or examples of agricultural
enterprises that have adopted environmental management systems
approaches to their production. ISO 14000, being the internationally
recognised systems approach is but one of several systems that can be
used (others being the EU's EMAS scheme, the British BS 7750 etc.). So
far in Australia, only one farmer, a cotton grower, has followed the
ISO 14000 path to full certification, at an approximate cost of
Can anyone provide me with information, or case studies? I'd be most
grateful, and am happy to pass on information from Australia, as I
find it, to interested parties.