The Impacts of Climate Change on Australia’s Food Production and Export

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol, & Burch, David (2013) The Impacts of Climate Change on Australia’s Food Production and Export. In Quentin, Farmer-Bowers, Vaughan, Higgins, & Joanne, Millar (Eds.) Food Security in Australia : Challenges and Prospects for the Future. Springer, New York, NY, United States, pp. 173-186.

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The global food system is undergoing unprecedented change. With population increases, demands for food globally will continue to rise at the same time that agricultural environments are compromised through urban encroachment, climate change and environmental degradation. Australia has long identified itself as an agricultural exporting nation—but what will its capacity be in feeding an increasing global population as it also comes to terms with extreme climatic events such as the floods, fires and droughts, and reduced water availability, experienced in recent decades? This chapter traces the history of Australian agricultural exports and evaluates its food production and export capacity against scientific predictions of climate change impacts. With the federal government forecasting declines in the production of wheat, beef, dairy and sugar, Australia’s key export commodities may well be compromised. Calls to produce more food using new technologies are likely to generate significant environmental problems. Yet, a radical reconfiguration of Australian agriculture which incorporates alternative approaches, such as agro-ecology, is rarely considered by government and industry.

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ID Code: 68197
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Australia, Environmental degradation, food exports, agro-ecology
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4484-8_12
ISBN: 9781461444831
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 23:32
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 03:42

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