Food security in Australia in an era of neoliberalism, productivism and climate change

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol and Lyons, Kristen (2013) Food security in Australia in an era of neoliberalism, productivism and climate change. Journal of Rural Studies, 29 30-39. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.12.005

Author Lawrence, Geoffrey
Richards, Carol
Lyons, Kristen
Title Food security in Australia in an era of neoliberalism, productivism and climate change
Journal name Journal of Rural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-0167
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.12.005
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Start page 30
End page 39
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For over 150 years Australia has exported bulk, undifferentiated, commodities such as wool, wheat, meat and sugar to the UK and more recently to Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. It is estimated that, each year, Australia's farming system feeds a domestic population of some 22 million people, while exporting enough food to feed another 40 million. With the Australian population expected to double in the next 40 years, and with the anticipated growth in the world's population to reach a level of some 9 billion (from its present level of 7 billion) in the same period, there are strong incentives for an expansion of food production in Australia. Neoliberal settings are encouraging this expansion at the same time as they are facilitating importation of foods, higher levels of foreign direct investment and the commoditisation of resources (such as water). Yet, expansion in food production – and in an era of climate change – will continue to compromise the environment.

After discussing Australia's neoliberal framework and its relation to farming, this paper outlines how Australia is attempting to address the issue of food security. It argues that productivist farming approaches that are favoured by both industry and government are proving incapable of bringing about long-term production outcomes that will guarantee national food security.
Keyword Australia
Food security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 20 January 2012. Authors prepress title: "Food Security in Australia: Emerging Concerns in an Era of Neoliberalism, Productivism and Climate Change".

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