A climate-ready and carbon neutral food production sector is vital to the future of Australia's food security and economy.Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, 196 countries pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. While the Morrison government aspires for a net-zero emissions economy as soon as possible, and ideally by 2050, the Australian farming sector has put their stake in the ground and set a firm goal to be net zero by 2050. This is in addition to more ambitious targets already established in other areas of the Australian agriculture industry, including the red meat sector with substantial investment in its program to be carbon neutral by 2030.Meanwhile Australian food producers are continually adapting to our changing climate conditions and building more resilient farm systems.What actions are being taken now across the Australian agriculture industry to respond to our changing climate and reduce net emissions? What could be possible with additional support from researchers and further investment? And how can we as food consumers help?
Join the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and professors from the University of Melbourne for an important conversation around the sustainability of our food supply, now and into the future.
Dr Rachel Carey is a Lecturer in Food Systems in the School of Agriculture and Food, where her teaching and research focuses particularly on the governance of resilient and sustainable food systems. Dr Carey leads the Foodprint Melbourne project, which is investigating the resilience of Melbourne's food system to shocks and stresses and the role of Melbourne’s foodbowl in increasing the resilience of the city’s food supply.
Professor Richard Eckard is a Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, which is a research centre addressing the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture. Professor Eckard’s research focuses on sustainable agricultural production, with a recent focus on carbon neutral agriculture and options for agriculture to respond to a changing climate.