Australia's Role in Feeding the World
The Future of Australian AgricultureEdited by:
Could Australia, in particular northern Australia, really become the 'food bowl' of Asia?
Earth's human population currently exceeds 7 billion, and by the year 2050 our planet will have at least two billion more mouths to feed. When faced with providing food for so many people, the idea is often advanced that Australia will become the 'food bowl' of Asia. Australia currently grows enough food to feed about three times its population and agricultural exports are important to our economy; however, Australia's role in feeding the world needs careful consideration. + Full description
This highly topical book draws together the latest intelligence on the sustainable production and distribution of food and other products from Australian farms. It examines questions that policy-makers, farmers, politicians, agricultural scientists and the general public are asking about the potential productivity of our arable land, the environmental and economic impacts of seeking to increase productivity, and the value of becoming cleaner and greener in our agricultural output. With chapters on the emergence of new markets, consumer trends in China, the biophysical constraints on agricultural expansion, and the various products of Australian agriculture and aquaculture, Australia's Role in Feeding the World provides valuable insight into the future of agriculture in this nation.
The book is ideal reading for academics and students in agriculture, environmental sciences, economics, Australian studies, international development studies; agricultural practitioners; and the food production industry.- Short description
"Australia's Role in Feeding the World provides a blueprint for a future where both agriculture and the reef can coexist."
Leanne Oliveri, Innisfail Advocate, 6/8/16, pp 16
DetailsPaperback | August 2016 | $ 59.95
ISBN: 9781486305896 | 288 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePDF | August 2016
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Draws together the latest intelligence on the sustainable production and distribution of food and other products from Australian farms.
- Most literature on food futures and food security pertains to developing countries. This one focuses on the challenges facing a developed nation (Australia).
ContentsAbout the editors
List of contributing authors
Introduction and a mud map
The Big Picture
1. Feeding the planet’s growing population
2. No escaping demand and supply
3. The global food supply
4. Australia's role
5. Trade, foreign investment and comparative advantage
6. Climate, rainfall, dams, bores and irrigation
7. Soils and underground critters 8. Australian fisheries resources
Human and Political Dimensions
9. Tar and cement, big holes, small wells and pipelines
10. When is a tomato not a tomato?
11. Waste not, want not: the case of the bent banana
Australia's Agricultural Export Products
12. Growing grains in Australia
13. Our Andy’s gone with cattle now
15. Sweet dreams of sugar
16. The chicken before the egg
17. Eggs 18. Australian fisheries production 19. Milking the cow 20. Wool, lamb and mutton 21. Cotton 22. A case study of agriculture: the Atherton Tableland
23. Farming the sun and wind
Towards a Sustainable Future
24. A blueprint for clean, green Australian agriculture
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