The Federal Government has established a National Food Policy Working Group to discuss, investigate and advise on policies and challenges faced by the food and agriculture indistries about the future of Australia’s food supply.
The group will be made up of supermarket giants, farmers, service providers and leading scientists, which includes Elders’ chief executive officer Malcolm Jackman, Linfox Logistics’ Michael Byrne, CSIRO’s Dr Alastair Robertson, Simplot Australia’s Terry O’Brien, OBE Organics’ Simone Tully, Boost Juice’s Janine Allis, Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Kate Carnell, Choice’s Nick Stace, Graincorp’s Alison Watkins, ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence along with Professor Williams from UOW.
Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said he wanted Australia to adopt the same “strategic approach to food manufacturing” that has been taken with the car industry — “simple as that”.
Similarly, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, has released a report titled ‘Australia and Food Security in a Changing World’ and can be found here. Some interesting points from the report include:
- The recognition of a society wide lack of appreciation of the fundamental role of food in health.
- A recommendation to develop incentives to recruit and nurture future generations of innovative and adaptive farmers, researchers and associated professionals for the Australian food production and processing sectors.