Food & Environment

Food & Environment

Australia is rich in both ecology and natural resources. The Institute of Public Affairs Food and Environment Unit seeks to determine our national and international role in feeding the world and protecting the environment. The IPA examines environmental and agricultural policies across the countries, with particular emphasis on climate change policy, water, agricultural biotechnology, resource management, and market-based solutions to environmental challenges.

Sub-topics of Food & Environment


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Intent as the enemy of truth

Food & Environment | Jennifer Marohasy
Online Opinion 9th January, 2017

At the beginning of each new year, we are encouraged to make some new resolution, or other. The idea is usually to seek to improve on our current...

Local farmers, not distant regulators, are best placed to protect our environment

Food & Environment | Daniel Wild
Goondiwindi Argus 2nd August, 2016

Toobeah farmer John Norman's nightmare experience with red tape and excessive bureaucracy illustrates an issue many farmers face. It shouldn't have...

Privatise Tasmania's forests

Food & Environment | Aaron Lane
The Age 9th March, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was right last week to describe foresters as the ''ultimate conservationists''. He said he would seek to delist 74,000...

Scare campaigns aside, GST on food is a no-brainer

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment and Food | Chris Berg
The Drum 13th August, 2013

Let us thank Kevin Rudd for reminding voters that "great big new tax" scare campaigns are a bipartisan affair. The sole hook for Labor's claim that...

We need more supermarkets, not regulation

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment, Deregulation Unit and Food | Tim Wilson
The Australian 29th January, 2013

To drive down prices at the supermarket checkout requires more supermarkets, not more regulation. Competition tsar Rod Sims has indicated 2013 will...

Should the government restrict super-sizing junk food?

Food & Environment, Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit, Food and Nanny State | James Paterson
Herald Sun 30th September, 2012

There's a lot of competition for the most stupid Nanny State proposal. But if forced to choose, plans to restrict serving sizes would have to take...

Just be grateful airlines can feed you at all

Food & Environment and Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 24th June, 2012

Nobody, it seems, is happy with the food served on planes. But it may surprise you to learn that it's our own fault. The customer is to blame....

Farms left high and dry by water grab

Food & Environment | Alan Moran
The Herald Sun 3rd December, 2011

The release of the Murray-Darling plan adds another chapter of woe to those reliant on the river system's irrigation water. At present, 11,000...

Population and misanthropy

Food & Environment | Chris Berg
The Drum 15th June, 2011

"I have no doubt that the present uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have unsustainable population levels as their root cause," wrote Labor backbencher...

Natural disasters give economic growth a moral dimension

Food & Environment and Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum Unleashed 16th March, 2011

Between 1990 and 2002, globally 815,077 people were killed by 4,300 natural disasters. Since then, an earthquake in Bam, Iran in 2003 took 26,000...

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