Australia’s first National Food Plan

5 Jun

On 25th May 2013, Joe Ludwig – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, released Australia’s first National Food Plan, a document that will act as a road map for our food supply chain into the future.

Below is the details and information from Joe Ludwig about Australia’s first National Food Plan, followed by a link to view the National Food Plan:

Australia’s food is the envy of the world. We produce high quality products that are in high demand across the globe, and here at home.

Our food system has a strong foundation: we have a stable food supply chain, high levels of food security and hard working farmers and growers. Our farmers and fishers produce enough to feed about 60 million people annually—far more food than we consume. While Australia exports more than half the food it produces, over 90 per cent of fresh produce bought here is still produced here.

The National Food Plan looks to the future, including both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Australia’s food system is not alone in the world in facing challenges including climate change, population growth, changing consumer preferences, evolving economic conditions and competition for resources. This is why Australia’s food system needs a road map for the future direction of food in this country.

The rise of Asia will bring opportunities for our food industry. By 2050 world food consumption is expected to be 75 per cent higher than in 2007, with almost half of this increased demand coming from China.

Australian food businesses, producers and growers need to be placed to benefit from these emerging markets. Australia has the expertise to be a trusted supplier of quality staple and high-value foods to an expanding Asian middle class. We must focus on increasing our exports and supporting a thriving food industry while ensuring we meet our food needs sustainably.

The first National Food Plan sets out goals and how we’re going to achieve them, including new and existing initiatives, and recognises we all need to work together.

I encourage you to take a look at www.daff.gov.au/nationalfoodplan

Joe Ludwig

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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