17 July 2012
The Gillard Government today launched a National Food Plan green paper which presents a series of policy options for Australia’s food future.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, officially launched the green paper ahead of a forum with key representatives from the food and agriculture industries in Sydney this morning.
The forum is the first in a series that will seek community and industry views on ideas presented in the green paper, with feedback to be used to finalise Australia’s first National Food Plan.
“The options presented in the green paper are based on previous stakeholder feedback. These forums will see Australians look into those options and help turn them into the policies we need,” Minister Ludwig said.
The green paper seeks views on possible future food policy options, including:
The series of forums on the National Food Plan green paper will be held across Australia from today with public consultation ending on September 30. Those unable to attend a public meeting can contribute a written submission, participate in the National Food Plan blog discussion at daff.gov.au/nationalfoodplan or follow on twitter.
“The forums to take place over the next 10 weeks will help make sure Australia’s food policies capitalise on the opportunities before us and can rise to challenges in coming decades,” Minister Ludwig said.
“Australia is food secure and we want to make sure we take the right steps now so that remains the case into the future. This Government also wants to continue to partner with the food industry, across the supply chain, to help increase productivity and seize growth opportunities.
“With global food demand expected to rise by 77 per cent by 2050 and much of this growth predicted to occur in Asia with the rise of a new growing middle class, Australia’s food industry, food and agriculture workers and economy are primed to benefit from new market opportunities.”
The development of the National Food Plan will build on reforms the government has already begun in biosecurity, nutrition, the use of chemicals in agriculture, drought preparedness and water. Most importantly it prepares Australia for future challenges including climate change and finite natural resources.
For more information and how to participate in the consultation process, visit the National Food Plan website.