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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Property Rights to Water: Effects on Agricultural Productivity and the Environment


If water rights are taken away without compensation, major incentives that power the economy’s well-being are undermined.

Deceit in the Name of Conservation?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Jennifer Marohasy

'Deception' is the only fitting word for the treatment of some of the evidence used in the most recent campaign about the Barriet Reef.

WWF Says 'Jump!', Governments Ask 'How High?'

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Jennifer Marohasy

WWF Says 'Jump!', Governments Ask 'How High?'   A case study suggests that governments need to better scrutinize allegations of environmental harm and those who make them by Jennifer Marohasy and Gary Johns '[We] base our work on sound...

Clough Lecture 1999: Private Conservation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Michael De Alessi

Despite what one tends to read or hear, the gains in environmental quality around the world in the last few decades have been astounding. People are living longer, the air is getting cleaner, and agriculture is getting more productive, freeing up...

Regulating Biotechnology: Some Questions and Answers


Forty years ago James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the molecular structure of DNA and, from the early seventies, biotechnologists progressively learned more precise ways of introducing genes into plants and animals. Although by...

Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Genetically Modified Foods


The introduction of genetically modified foods has been accompanied by a level of concern in Europe which was not seen in the United States. This is seen as reflecting both a different cultural appraisal of risk, sensitised by the 'mad cow'...

The Burning Continent: Forest Ecosystems and Fire Management in Australia

BOOK | Bill (W.E.) Hurditch, Bill (W.J.) Hurditch, Peter Attiwill and Ross Florence

Is there really a greenhouse effect?


Comparative Food Costs - Australia and Overseas

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