Food security - Exploring the challenges for Australia

Food security - Exploring the challenges for Australia

VIC
Jul 27
This event is by invitation only to CEDA trustees.

Speakers

Dr Robin Batterham, Deputy Chair, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Event overview

Food security - Exploring the challenges for Australia

VIC
Jul 21

This event is by invitation only to CEDA trustees.

Speakers

 

 Trustee only
 21/07/2011
 CEDA Boardroom, Melbourne, VIC

 Population
 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)

   

    


OVERVIEW

Globally, it is recognised that food security is precarious. The question for Australia is whether we need be particularly concerned. In this talk we will explore several issues:

  • we export food to feed 60 million people yet our imports will soon exceed our exports in value;
  • productivity has declined after a long period of increases;
  • farm inputs such as fertilisers and fuels will rise in real terms;
  • we can expect more variable weather which brings into question the resilience of present farming methods;
  • long (global) supply chains will be strained by energy costs rising in real terms;
  • we are hooked on diets that are energy rich and nutrient poor, expect more rather than less diabetes and heart diseases; and
  • famines and food shortages in other countries threaten our security.

MEET THE SPEAKER

Dr Robin Batterham AO
Deputy Chair, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Dr Robin Batterham is the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

He has had a distinguished career in research and technology, in the public and private sectors. Dr Batterham was Chief Scientist to the Australian Federal Government from 1999 to 2005 on a part-time basis, and has worked with CSIRO in areas such as mining, mineral processing, mineral agglomeration processes, and iron making. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), and has recently retired as Chief Technologist, Rio Tinto Limited.

He is a recipient of the Kernot medal from Melbourne University, the Chemeca Medal and the AusIMM Institute Medal 2004.

Hosting opportunity available. If you would like to find out more about hosting this Trustee lunch please contact Sharon Braun on 03 9652 8409.

Meet the speaker

Dr Robin Batterham
Deputy Chair, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering