Growing together 2035: Aotearoa horticulture action plan – strategy
This strategy document sets out the pathway to achieve the New Zealand government's goal of growing the value of New Zealand’s horticultural production to $12 billion by 2035.
Green expectations: involving communities in landscape change
This report examines whether expected changes to land use and management will create a need for new policy and mechanisms to rebalance interests between different communities. The authors propose three changes that would reduce tensions within communities and make sure their benefits from altering land...
Queensland's green tape crisis: an analysis of the growth of Queensland's environmental bureaucracy and agricultural sector
This report estimates the size and growth of Queensland’s environmental bureaucracy since the year 2000, and compares it against the size and growth of Queensland’s agricultural sector.
Australian National Food Donation Tax Incentive implementation analysis
This project served to test the National Food Donation Tax Incentive (NFDTI) across the food waste ecosystem to substantiate its ability to drive impactful change in the food relief sector, and deliver support to the Australian environment, population and economy.
Food production and supply in NSW
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent natural disasters have shone a spotlight on food insecurity in New South Wales. This inquiry report examines how to improve the overall approach to the NSW food system - promoting a sustainable food supply and reducing food waste.
National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land 2022
This National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) is about ensuring the availability of New Zealand’s most favourable soils for food and fibre production, now and for future generations. The policy provides direction to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the...
Australia's green tape army
Agriculture embodies the values of hard work, risk-taking and entrepreneurship - the values which are central to the Australian way of life. This report reveals that since 2000, the size of the federal environmental bureaucracy has grown three times faster than the agricultural sector itself.
Meat protein alternatives: opportunities and challenges for food systems’ transformation
Meat alternatives are attracting private investment and interest from the research community as possible solutions to meet the growing global demand for proteins in a sustainable, ethical and healthy way. Investigating the opportunities and challenges associated with three meat alternatives, this report calls for clear...
'Deep roots': agriculture, national security and nation-building in northern Australia
This report offers a multi-disciplinary analysis of the various components that make up and influence the vast and complex agriculture industry network in northern Australia. The report also examines biosecurity vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies for those vulnerabilities and their strategic and national security implications.
Microplastics in biosolids - definitions and implications
The use of biosolids as agricultural fertilisers and soil treatments has provided economic benefit and reduced environmental burden across Australia. However, biosolid production and use has been identified as a major source of unintended microplastic dispersion into the environment.
What can science offer the proponents of regenerative agriculture practices?
The growing interest and momentum surrounding the regenerative agriculture (RA) movement has generated considerable debate about motivations, definitions, stakeholders and the role that scientific research plays. The aim of this paper is to propose a role for scientific activity in working with the RA movement.
The resilience of Melbourne’s food system to climate and pandemic shocks
This report outlines the findings of an investigation into the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to climate and pandemic shocks and stresses.
Building the resilience of Melbourne's food system - a roadmap
This report outlines a roadmap of recommendations for increasing the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to shocks and stresses related to climate change and pandemic. This roadmap was developed through a collaborative co-design process with stakeholders.
Methane, markets and food: how the climate emergency will drive an urgent focus on methane and what this means for the food and agricultural industries
Faced with the threat of irreversible tipping points in the climate system, humanity is looking for options to rapidly reduce the rate of warming. The authors of this paper argue that the most viable approach is to dramatically reduce methane emissions.
Living within limits: adapting the planetary boundaries to understand Australia’s contribution to planetary health
This report summarises work undertaken through the Land Use Futures program to adapt the planetary boundaries to the Australian context. It outlines how Australia is tracking against its share of five of the planetary boundaries and considers how the land use sector is both contributing...
The digitalisation of agriculture: a literature review and emerging policy issues
The quantity and quality of digital technologies available to farmers have advanced considerably since the 1990s. This paper argues that policy-makers need to address the removal of specific barriers to farmers’ adoption of digital technologies, while ensuring both enabling infrastructure and appropriate incentives exist upstream...
Who is responsible for ensuring food security in NSW?
The double crises of COVID-19 and catastrophic bushfires in 2020 exposed underlying fragilities in Australia’s food security, particularly with the sustainability of local supply chains and access to affordable, healthy food in vulnerable populations. This report identifies and articulates three steps on a way forward...
Transforming food systems with farmers: a pathway for the EU
This report, developed in collaboration with Deloitte and NTT Data, takes the practical case of the European Union to understand the pathway required for a farmer-centric food systems transition.
Fork in the road: impacts of climate change on our food supply
This report shows that climate change is already disrupting every part of the food supply chain. The report asserts that Australia must act quickly to make our supply chains more robust, and also make bigger cuts to our carbon emissions.
How climate affects agricultural land values in Aotearoa New Zealand
This paper examines how differences in climate across space influence the value of New Zealand agricultural land.
The Mycoplasma bovis programme
This review captures lessons learned during the biosecurity response to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak and subsequent eradication programme and makes recommendations to further prepare the biosecurity system for any future animal disease incursions.
Stronger ag sector, stronger regions
This paper considers how the agriculture sector can leverage stimulatory regional investment to ensure enduring economic stability and social benefits by establishing a virtuous cycle of beneficial impacts.
Carbon leakage and agriculture: a literature review on emissions mitigation policies
This paper reviews the literature that discusses the risks of carbon leakage associated with climate policies and their implications for the agricultural sector.
A case study of human factors of digital AgTech adoption: Condamine Plains, Darling Downs
This research raises questions about the type and level of new, digital expertise farmers need to attain in the transition to digital farming, and what interventions are necessary to address the significant barriers to adoption and effective use that remain in rural communities.
Towards net zero: practical policies to reduce agricultural emissions
Governments around the world are moving to ‘net zero’, to limit the impacts of climate change. ‘Net zero’ means reducing emissions and then offsetting the rest by removing carbon from the atmosphere and permanently storing it, possibly in trees or underground. This report focuses mainly...