Oil, climate, land use impact sustainable food systems

Australian Group Wants National Debate on Food

By Jessica Burke
Food Magazine

Sept. 1  A Sydney food campaign group says Australia needs a major overhaul to ensure fair, sustainable and resilient foods systems are in place and has called for a debate on the issue.

The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) expressed their concerns in a submission on the National Food Plan due today, where they have highlighted their concern about how the food environment will be impacted by climate change.

SFFA President Elizabeth Millen says the government needs to be focused on the important issues of food safety and sustainability.

“While we welcome the fact that the Federal Government listened to calls to extend the submissions period, it looks like they are trying to ‘fast-track’ this important issue, rather than taking time to consider a systematic response to limitations on resources such as oil on which agriculture has been traditionally been based,” she said.

“We would like to see outlined details of an extensive consultation process, as has happened for example in Scotland, following the current call for submissions, due this week.”

The group has been calling for development of a NSW State food policy since 2005 and says many of the issues they have raised at a state level are also relevant at a national level.

The submission will call for a Food Security Agency/Ministry to be set up with overall responsibility to implement and monitor the plan in consultation with representatives from producers and consumers.

“The lack of systematic mapping and identification of prime agricultural land has contributed to a situation in which many competing uses for agricultural land such as urban development and mining are valued more highly,” the submission reads.

“For example, in the Sydney Basin, 50% of market gardens lie in the designated growth areas under the Metropolitan Strategy, which barely considers future food needs of this increased population.

“Nutritional security and reducing food miles must also be considered, given that Australia is a net importer of fresh fruit and vegetables and is suffering rising food prices.”

The SFFA has highlighted the issues of food insecurity in its calls for an overhaul to the system.

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One response to “Oil, climate, land use impact sustainable food systems

  1. problem is? they cant have it both ways, if you move subdivisions out to crap non farmland the people need to commute and all services like power water etc require more extensions, massive oil and resource use there, roads etc so they allow homes on our prime ag flat areas river deltas etc and we then have to input to lousy soils with lesser water from sky or other sources. aus has little water in many areas, really poor soils, little topsoil at all compared to most places. we should not be using fossil fuel waste fertilisers sure, anyone able to make monsanto and the rest give up the resources worldwide they so smartly bought up before they scammed the shortages claims? we pee enough phosphorus to more than fertilise what we farm! we send it out to sea! green waste and food waste should be returned to soils not buried burnt.
    the last bloody thing we need is another pricey govt run food screw up. ban all os land sales for a real start, rent lease but NO sale!
    and every board so far supposedly run by and for producers?
    every one is controlled by? BIG agri, the grains board the wool board the cattle assoc, all for the big guys, or the yuppie wanna bes.
    real farmers wont bother, theyre too busy trying to pay debt off and eat. oh and pay for govt controlled water, now theyre taxing dams in SA.

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