AH09009 - Food Security Discussion Paper

Growcom’s review of food security issues for HAL identified a diverse range of threats that may impact on Australia’s domestic food security and will have important consequences for the $7.3bn per year horticulture industry.
The report found that Australia is not as food secure as suggested by simplistic examinations of the relevant data. Australia already imports 34 per cent of fruit consumed and 19 per cent of vegetables. The report found that these imports could disappear as the world population heads for 9 billion people by 2050 and countries retain their production for their own people.