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Food banks are great, but a living wage is better. Food banks are great, but a living wage is better. David Jones/PA

A living wage – not food aid – is answer to issue of food poverty

Charitable food provision is growing, and more and more people are being fed by food banks and other initiatives. The press and TV have debated the legitimacy of such provision and highlighted the number…
We need more, but more of what? Perhaps not this. We need more, but more of what? Perhaps not this. David Giles/PA

How to feed nine billion people, and feed them well

Resource-intensive agriculture, despite its productivity, nevertheless has failed to feed the world’s current population, never mind the nine billion people expected by 2050. This system that currently…
People should not be hungry with the food, resources, and technology at our disposal. People should not be hungry with the food, resources, and technology at our disposal. PA

Staying alive shouldn’t depend on your purchasing power

How much would you pay for staying alive? How much would you pay for breathing pure air? That may seem a silly question since air is everywhere, accessible to all. Air is a global public good, part of…
Dr Mark Post and his bred-in-a-bucket burger. Would you? Dr Mark Post and his bred-in-a-bucket burger. Would you? David Parry/PA

Eight questions that need answers about lab-bred meat

The launch of the lab-bred “meat” in London was a masterly act of timing, theatre, and media management. But now that rabbit is out of the hat, there are questions that need to be asked, and answers that…
Forget the farm – meat can be grown in a petri dish. But is it a ‘world first’? Forget the farm – meat can be grown in a petri dish. But is it a ‘world first’? EPA/David Parry

World’s first lab-grown burger? Don’t forget the semi-living steak

When “the world’s first laboratory-grown burger” was unveiled, cooked and eaten last week, the story received saturation news coverage. But was it really the first? Or was this story served up to a ravenous…
Harvest time: Asia’s rising incomes and demand for food are no guarantee of a mining-style payday for Australian farmers. Harvest time: Asia’s rising incomes and demand for food are no guarantee of a mining-style payday for Australian farmers. AAP/EPA/Raminder Pal Singh

Australia’s place in the global food chain: time to wise up

In recent weeks Australia’s PM, a shadow minister, and a state premier have heralded the opportunities for Australian farmers to capitalise on a global food-shortage and, in particular, rising demand for…
Filling bellies is about far more than just supply and demand. Filling bellies is about far more than just supply and demand. hypertornado

Food security should be about feeding the hungry, not making a profit

We need to stop thinking about food security as an economic problem. Food security is largely discussed in terms of increasing demand pressures and worsening constraints on supply. These discussions miss…
G20 ministers failed to deliver tangible outcomes to offset food price volatility. G20 ministers failed to deliver tangible outcomes to offset food price volatility. AAP

Much talk but little action from G20 agriculture ministers

Food policy experts hoping for tangible outcomes to address an escalating food crisis among developing countries have been disappointed by the outcomes of last week’s first-ever meeting of G20 agriculture…

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