Australia’s Role in Feeding the World
The Future of Australian Agriculture

Paper: 978 1 4863 0589 6 / $44.95
 
Published: March 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
280 pp., 6 5/8" x 9 5/8"
photos, maps & illus.
Earth’s human population currently exceeds 7 billion, and by the year 2050 our planet will have at least two billion more mouths to feed. When faced with providing food for so many people, the idea is often advanced that Australia will become the "food bowl" of Asia. Australia currently grows enough food to feed about three times its population; however, Australia’s role in feeding the world needs careful consideration.

This highly topical book draws together the latest intelligence on the sustainable production and distribution of food and other products from Australian farms. It examines questions that policy-makers, farmers, politicians, agricultural scientists and the general public are asking about the potential productivity of Australia's arable land, the environmental and economic impacts of seeking to increase productivity, and the value of becoming cleaner and greener in agricultural output. With chapters on the emergence of new markets, consumer trends in China, the biophysical constraints on agricultural expansion, and the various products of Australian agriculture and aquaculture, Australia’s Role in Feeding the World provides valuable insight into the future of agriculture in this nation.

Table of Contents:
About the editors
List of contributing authors
Acknowledgements
Introduction and a mud map—T. Hundloe

SECTION 1 THE BIG PICTURE
1. Feeding the planet’s growing population—T. Hundloe
2. No escaping demand and supply—T. Hundloe
3. The global food supply—T. Hundloe
4. Australia’s role—T. Hundloe
5. Trade, foreign investment and comparative advantage—T. Hundloe and J. Chiomey

SECTION 2 BIOPHYSICAL LIMITATIONS
6. Climate, rainfall, dams, bores and irrigation—C. Attard
7. Soils and underground critters—S. Cantwell
8. Australian fisheries resources—D. McPhee

SECTION 3 HUMAN AND POLITICAL DIMENSIONS
9. Tar and cement, big holes, small wells and pipelines—T. Hundloe and H. Ditton
10. When is a tomato not a tomato? —H. Ditton and T. Hundloe
11. Waste not, want not: the case of the bent banana—A. White, D. Gallegos and T. Hundloe

SECTION 4 AUSTRALIA’S AGRICULTURAL EXPORT PRODUCTS
12. Growing grains in Australia—S. Blagrove
13. Our Andy’s gone with cattle now—T. Hundloe
14. Horticulture—J. Chiomey
15. Sweet dreams of sugar—J. Chiomey and T. Hundloe
16. The chicken before the egg—J. de Miranda
17. Eggs—J. de Miranda
18. Australian fisheries production—D. McPhee
19. Milking the cow—T. Hundloe
20. Wool, lamb and mutton—T. Hundloe
21. Cotton—A. Solakovic
22. A case study of agriculture: the Atherton Tableland—T. Hundloe
23. Farming the sun and wind—T. Hundloe and S. Sharma

SECTION 5 TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
24. A blueprint for clean, green Australian agriculture—T. Hundloe, S. Blagrove, S. Cantwell, J. de Miranda and H. Ditton

Endnotes
References
Index