Increasing Food Production Sustainably in a Changing Climate : Understanding the Pressures and Potential

Henry, Beverley, Conant, Richard T., Carter, John, Droulez, Veronique, & Grace, Peter (2013) Increasing Food Production Sustainably in a Changing Climate : Understanding the Pressures and Potential. In Farmar-Bowers, Quentin, Higgins, Vaughan, & Millar, Joanne (Eds.) Food Security in Australia : Challenges and Prospects for the Future. Springer, pp. 187-204.

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Australian agriculture is faced with the dilemma of increasing food production for a growing domestic and world population while decreasing environmental impacts and supporting the social and economic future of regional communities. The challenge for farmers is compounded by declining rates of productivity growth which have been linked to changes in climate and decreasing investment in agricultural research. The answer must lie in understanding the ecological functionality of landscapes and matching management of agricultural systems and use of natural resources to landscape capacity in a changing climate. A simplified mixed grain and livestock farm case study is used to illustrate the challenges of assessing the potential for shifts in land allocation between commodities to achieve sustainable intensification of nutrition production. This study highlights the risks associated with overly-simplistic solutions and the need for increased investment in research to inform the development of practical strategies for increasing food production in Australian agro-ecosystems while managing the impacts of climate change and addressing climate change mitigation policies.

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ID Code: 59305
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Australia, Food Production, Sustainability, Food Security
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4484-8_13
ISBN: 9781461444848
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2013 05:08
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 16:10

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