Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Have your say on a national food policy

Download PDFDownload PDF




17 July 2012


PEOPLE who care about the future of food production in Australia are being encouraged to read and comment on the National Food Plan green paper.

The National Food Plan formed part of the regional Australia agreement struck between the federal government and Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor in 2010.

Mr Oakeshott said community comment on the plan would be sought over the next three months.

“Sorting out a comprehensive food strategy for Australia is not only important for the nation, but also for our region,” Mr Oakeshott said.

The green paper addresses the need for more research and development in the sector, the need for innovation and productivity improvements as farmers are pressed to produce more with limited resources, and the need for better supplier-supermarket relationships.

“It is a big task to capture the full spectrum of issues in one national food plan, but it is important work all the same,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“Happening at the same time as the development of a National Food Plan is the cabinet-level working group on water, soil and food security issues which is developing its final report.

“Soil and water security are the bedfellows of the National Food Plan, so it’s important the strategies outlined in both reports are used in parallel to deliver quality food, soil and water for the long-term interests of Australia,” said Mr Oakeshott, who is also a member of the Working Group on Water, Soil, Food.

Visit the National Food Plan website to read and comment on the green paper.


Media Contact: Sharon Fuller - 0429 787320