Ausveg CEO Richard Mulcahy warns that Australia doesn’t have an infinite amount of agricultural resources and action needs to happen now to protect the security of Australia’s homegrown food supply.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the New South Wales Farmer’s Federation’s Horticulture Committee, Mulcahy spoke about the importance of maintaining Australia’s horticulture sector and food production capabilities.
Mulcahy said: “Increased global demand for food will challenge and provide opportunities for Australian agriculture.”
Significant factors in the issue of food security are price competitiveness, the increased level of imported food and inadequate testing of food imports.
Mulcahy continued: “With a predicted £2bn more mouths to feed over the next 40 years, we need to safeguard the horticulture industry in Australia, because if international growers replace our local producers we shall be vulnerable as a nation.”
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