Australia needs to listen to the warnings about its food security.
From the Independent Australia Blog comes the warning about food security.
Food security is an issue that must be carefully and comprehensively addressed by our government as a matter of critical forward planning. And it must be given priority over trade “arrangements” that may have attractions now, but which will limit the government’s policy options when current circumstances change, which all indicators point to being soon.
To effectively confront the problem, the Australian Government needs to: first, investigate and understand the issues; next, properly assess the probabilities and risks; and, finally, to formulate contingency plans that can be put into effect by the full range of policy options reserved to a sovereign state.
This is not something that can be dealt with piecemeal as its effects surface, by a policy arsenal limited by international agreements.
There’s also a great book that addresses the issues of food security – it is reviewed online – click here.
Paul Costigan, 10 April 2014