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Next Steps for Australia's First National Food Plan

01 November 2011

AUSTRALIA - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has today announced the next steps for developing Australia's first National Food Plan which will ensure that the government's policy settings are right for Australia over the short, medium and long-term.

Addressing an audience at the Victorian Rural Press Club this morning, Minister Ludwig said a National Food Plan white paper will be developed to help the government achieve its vision of a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.

Minister Ludwig said consultation was key to the process. The issues paper, released in June, was followed by 10 weeks of public consultation and the next step, a green paper, will provide stakeholders with a chance to contribute before a white paper is prepared.

“The government is analysing and considering the full extent of issues raised in response to the issues paper, and has already begun work developing the green paper. The green paper will outline the government’s vision and approach to food policy and canvas potential changes to policy, programs and governance arrangements.

“Feedback on the green paper will inform the National Food Plan, to be released as a white paper. The food plan will be a significant policy statement that serves as a platform for better informed and more strategic policy directions for our food sector.”

Minister Ludwig said the objectives of the National Food Plan include:

  • Identifying and mitigating potential risks to Australia’s food security
  • Contributing to global food security
  • Reducing barriers to a safe and nutritious food supply that responds to the evolving preferences and needs of all Australians and supports population health
  • Supporting the long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability of Australia’s food supply chain
  • Supporting the global competitiveness and productivity growth of the food supply chain, including through research, science and innovation
  • Reducing barriers faced by food businesses to access international; and domestic markets
  • Contributing to economic prosperity, employment and community wellbeing in regional Australia.

Australia’s food industry makes a significant contribution to the economy and trade; and is the dominant source of food for Australians.

“We need to be ready to meet emerging risks and opportunities such as a changing global food market, population growth and climate change,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The development of Australia’s first ever National Food Plan will ensure we are ready to meet these challenges and maximise our opportunities over the decades to come.”

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