Transforming Land Use and Food Production and Consumption

Free Public Lecture

Transforming Land Use and Food Production and Consumption

Growth in global population and incomes is putting pressure on land resources. This is contributing to and being intensified by climate change. Consequently, the transformation of land use and food consumption is an important dimension of a response to climate change. Australian scientific skills in biology and botany can secure the Australian transformation and extend it internationally.

This lecture discusses the opportunity for sequestration of carbon in Australian soils, pastures, woodlands and savannahs, and forests. It overviews the history of land-use sequestration policy since the Climate Change Review to the Federal and all State and Territory Governments. It considers the role of changing dietary choices and relative food prices in the context of rising incomes in developing countries. Through opportunities such as harvesting the miraculous properties of the Australian blue gum and mallee, the hardest challenge in Australian and global decarbonisation can be met while greatly expanding economic opportunity in rural Australia.

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