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

Publications

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Forcing Prices Up

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Grocery prices will always be controversial, especially when government policy is artificially inflating their price. The ACT government commissioned John Martin to complete a review into the ACT government's supermarkets competition policy....

Submission to the Blewett Review

SUBMISSION | Tim Wilson

The Council of Australian Governments has commissioned a review into Australia's food labelling policy and laws chaired by Dr Neal Blewett AC. In its issues consultation paper, the committee raised a series of questions addressing possible...

Submission to the Senate inquiry into the food standards amendment bill

SUBMISSION | Tim Wilson

The Senate Community Affairs Committee is currently considering Senator Xenophon, Brown and Joyce's co-sponsored Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling - Palm Oil) Bill 2009. The proposed Bill would require the separate labelling of palm oil...

A foodies' guide to the history of humanity

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Rob Lyons

The Costs to Australia of Renewable Energy

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

There can be few other cases in the history of modern economies where governments have taken action deliberately to increase the costs of production in their economies on the scale being contemplated with the Renewable Energy proposal. I n the...

Submission to Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into the exposure drafts of the legislation to implement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Imposing our preferences on whaling cultures

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Jennifer Marohasy

Few issues illustrate how subjective beliefs about morality distorts environmental debate more than the issue of whaling. Many environmentalists claim to be simply advocates for the sustainable use of resources; they claim that they are not in...

Biotechnology is bioterrific, not bioterrifying

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

Near the beginning of Richard Hindmarsh's Edging Towards BioUtopia he provides, apparently un-selfconsciously, a persuasive illustration of the chasm between scientists using rDNA techniques (the creation of artificial DNA) and critics of...

Climate Change: China's approach

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alan Moran

In November 2008, Dr Alan Moran, Director of the IPA's Deregulation Unit travelled overseas to get on-the-spot looks at the international policy climate for global warming mitigation strategies. This second part looks at China. (The first part, on...

What's happening to the Murray River

FACTS | Jennifer Marohasy

The Murray River is Australia's longest river, and together with its tributary, the Darling River, drains an area known as the Murray Darling Basin. The region has historically received only 6 per cent of Australia's annual rainfall but produced...

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