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Australian food security dilemmas : comparing nutritious production scenarios and their environmental, resource and economic tensions

Turner, Graham M., Larsen, Kirsten A., Ryan, Chris and Lawrence, Mark 2013, Australian food security dilemmas : comparing nutritious production scenarios and their environmental, resource and economic tensions, in Food security in Australia : challenges and prospects for the future, Springer, New York, NY, pp.259-279.

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Title Australian food security dilemmas : comparing nutritious production scenarios and their environmental, resource and economic tensions
Author(s) Turner, Graham M.
Larsen, Kirsten A.
Ryan, Chris
Lawrence, Mark
Title of book Food security in Australia : challenges and prospects for the future
Editor(s) Farmar-Bowers, Quentin
Higgins, Vaughan
Millar, Joanne
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 18
Total chapters 30
Start page 259
End page 279
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication New York, NY
Keyword(s) Australian agriculture
international trade
domestic food security
Summary Food security is the ‘canary in a cage’ for a host of resource and environmental issues playing out at national and global scales. Contemporary events such as riots in several nations and even the ‘Arab Spring’ point to the importance and sensitivity of food security on a range of global environmental and resource issues, namely climate change, peak oil and fertilizer availability. A common perception is that Australia is immune to any such challenges to our food security. This view is at least partly based on the understanding that Australian agriculture has provided far in excess of domestic demand. This ignores some critical aspects. Firstly, the large excess production has not covered all food types needed for a nutritious diet, but has centred on grains and meat. Consequently, other critical food types may be in question and exposed to the uncertainties of international trade. Secondly, the implications of growth in Australia’s population are not fully considered. Thirdly, it is not well understood how dependent past food production and distribution has been on key inputs such as water, fertilizers and oil, and a relatively stable climate.
ISBN 1461444837
9781461444831
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Socio Economic Objective 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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