This year has been a year of contrasts which has seen an increase in biosecurity risks arriving at Australia’s international mail centres. Between January and April, Biosecurity officers intercepted around 30,000 mail items posing a potential pest and disease threat. Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said the impact of COVID-19 seems to have led to … Continue reading Pork slices, plants and sausages caught in biosecurity crack down
Enhancements to the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program have delivered a range of valuable outcomes to support the health of Australia’s bees. Head of biosecurity, at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Lyn O’Connell, said the enhancements will help prevent incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. “Bee pollination supports our crop … Continue reading Enhancing Australia’s bee pest surveillance to aid food security
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ (ABARES) latest Insights report provides analysis of Australia’s food security. ABARES Executive director Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds said that despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets, caused by an unexpected surge in demand, Australia does not have a food security problem. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken Australia … Continue reading Food security not an issue for Australia
Many people are familiar with the financial risks associated with cyberattacks, but agroterrorism — the intentional disruption of the food supply chain with the intention to harm the population — is an increasing risk. Although the consequences of agroterrorism are relatively high, there has been little attention on minimising this type of threat. Connected automation … Continue reading Securing industrial operations in the food and beverage industry
Leveraging climate finance to scale climate-smart rice production is the cornerstone of global food security and urgently needed to avert civil unrest, a new report by Earth Security Group (ESG) has found. Proposing three innovative finance solutions to support sustainable rice production in line with the Paris Agreement climate targets, Financing Sustainable Rice for a … Continue reading Investment in climate-smart rice production is the cornerstone of global food security
The CSIRO’s ON and the Menzies Foundation named three of Australia’s most innovative scientists as recipients of the 2019 Menzies Science Entrepreneurship Fellowship. Established to support the nation’s most talented science entrepreneurs in the early stages of commercialisation, the Fellowship awards recipients with $90,000 to fully dedicate themselves towards their new venture and focus on … Continue reading Australian scientist awarded fellowship for work in biotech solutions for food security
Hunger relief organisation Foodbank is also calling on the Federal Government to develop a National Food Insecurity Strategy, to ensure both food insecurity and food waste are addressed.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today unveil a vision for the territory to become a food safety hub and a home to plant and agricultural science.
In the UK, roughly a third of the food grown in the field never actually makes into anybody’s mouth. For every three pigs raised on a farm, the equivalent of one will ultimately be sent to landfill. A third of all apples, perfectly good for consumption, will somehow be discarded. The message is simple: we … Continue reading Food security: we throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste
In 2015 the Welsh singer and activist Charlotte Church was widely ridiculed in the right-wing press and on social media for saying on BBC Question Time that climate change had played an important part in causing the conflict in Syria. From 2006 until 2011, [Syria] experienced one of the worst droughts in its history, which … Continue reading Food security: how drought and rising prices led to conflict in Syria
Given their nutritional value and their potential for mass production, insects could help address the challenge of food security.
Sophisticated anti-counterfeit and traceability technology is helping to protect the integrity of premium Australian foods in Asia.
Sustainable food systems are vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets, according to UN Rome-based agencies.
Being held next week in Canberra, the conference is entitled Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security.
Food is the very stuff of life. And, at its core, is human sociability. Around this, myth and legend abound.
The situation created by the British vote to leave the European Union is momentous for UK food.
Our food is more than simply a source of calories – or even a labour of love. As our global community faces some serious and time-bound health challenges, what’s being served is a world of opportunities.
Ministers Barnaby Joyce and Julie Bishop have announced Australia’s contribution to the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The Trust supports the conservation of the world’s most diverse collection of food crop seeds and improves the plant genetic resources for the world’s major food crops. Australia will be contributing $5 million, which will provide financial support and … Continue reading Australia supports global food security
Today, food security is the topic on everyone’s lips. Weather events like droughts, floods and extreme temperatures are generating public concern for Australia’s food security, as Australians continue to be bombarded with stories in the media about suffering crops. NSW Farmer Sam Heagney however, disagrees that Australians should be worried. In a recent article for … Continue reading Food security not so worrying after all
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre are inviting local community champions and food heroes to take part in a major artist-led project: ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’.