Hon Judi Moylan

Food Security under the Microscope

Australia’s ability to produce enough food to feed the nation, plus maintain major export capacity in the face of global warming will be examined by the latest Senate inquiry. A first for the Senate, the Coalition led investigation into Food Security will be chaired by Senator Bill Heffernan, Liberal Senator for NSW with the committee expected to report by 27 November 2009. As farmers shoulder rising farm input costs, while the Rudd Government slashes agricultural research funding, Hon. Judi Moylan Federal Member for Pearce said the inquiry is critical to address current and future food security issues. “Climate Change and its’ impact on our food is a concern which has been bubbling under the surface for awhile now, everywhere you look the impact of global warming on our country and our primary producers is clear”, she said. “Combine drought with increasing fertiliser, chemical and fuel costs mix it with labour shortages and it all spells an industry in urgent need of attention.” “Australian farmers put the food on our plates; the government’s decisions will affect them now and into the future.” “I encourage produce sectors from across the country as well as those concerned about the links between climate change and food production to make a contribution to the Committee.” Submissions can be made by emailing agriculture.sen@aph.gov.au or in writing to Committee Secretary, Senate Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries, Department of the Senate, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. For confidential submissions please phone the Committee Secretary on (02) 6277 3510.

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