06-06-2014 03:09 AM | Australia

Urban fringe agriculture under threat

Agriculture on the fringes of our major cities is some of the most productive in the country, but urban encroachment is putting it at risk. Experts believe now is the time to 'draw the line' and put in place permanent city boundaries to protect farms that could become increasingly important as climate change takes hold. Cathy Pryor reports.

Wayne Shields's farm has been in his family since the 1970s when his father first bought the fertile patch of land on the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne's east. In those days the Peninsula was a quiet rural retreat from city life, frequented by holiday makers on a pilgrimage to the coast.
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