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


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...


Consumer-driven price cuts through scale


How consumers are driving business models to deliver lower prices and improve convenience and quality.

Consumer first supermarket reform: The market, not government, knows how to best meet consumer demand

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Tim Wilson

Consumer first supermarket reform: The market, not government, knows how to best meet consumer demand

The economics of food


Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the social vibe of the place made you think it would be a great night out? They're safe...