Archive for 'Food related reports'

Local Government and Food Security: An Evidence Review

Posted on 17. Apr, 2013 by .


This review of existing intiatives across Australia, Canada, UK, and the US is a first step to understand associations between various factors in the urban form, the food system and community and household food security. Admittedly, we still lack high level impact and outcome data that demonstrate and document the efficacy of interventions in any of these areas. But one thing is sure: the urban form and the food system can be modified and the modifications have the potential to have an impact on food security.

Whilst the literature is growing, we need much more documentation of what is being done, and better process, impact and outcome evaluation. We also need more experience and evidence from the local rather than North American scene.

Download the report here

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Setting up a Food Co-operative

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .


This brief paper is designed to give practical information to schools and community organisations about food co-operatives. It outlines options for setting up and running food co-operatives and describes five successful models.

DOWNLOAD:… Setting Up a Food Co-op.

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The Australia Institute Report – Beating Around the Bush

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .


Attached  is a new report, “Beating Around the Bush” from The Australia Institute which quantifies the impact to Agriculture from the high AUD that has arisen from the mining “boom”.


Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $43.5 billion in export income. This includes $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.

The damage the mining boom is doing to other sectors has created what has been dubbed the ‘two speed economy’. The booming mining industry has pushed up the Australian exchange rate and in doing so has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed parts of the economy.

Read more…  “Beating Around the Bush”




Australian field of wheat by: Adrian van Leen

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Victorian Food Supply Scenario Report

Posted on 02. Sep, 2011 by .


The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) was recently comissioned by VicHealth to undertake some research into the impacts on the availability of a nutritious diet. VIEL collaborated with the CSIRO, Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development for the project.

The purpose of the project was to develop and demonstrate a new methodology to link land and resource use with availability of a nutritionally adequate food supply for Victoria’s population. The final report builds on the CSIRO’s stocks and flows model which is used as a platform for the on-going “what-if” investigation of Victorian and Australian food supply security.

DOWNLOAD… the VEIL Food Supply Report from their website as a pdf file.

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