Sustainable food: National summit on food security

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 1st February 2011

Food industry players and sustainability experts will come together in April this year at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the National Sustainable Food Summit, a two-day independent forum focusing on food policy developments for Australia.

Examining food security and resilience, and how these relate to the National Food Plan, the summit will be held in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, The Australian Food & Grocery Council, WWF, Sustainability Victoria, The Global Foresight Network, the National Farmers Federation, Net Balance, The Biogenesys Project and EPA Victoria.

The summit will be addressed by a wide variety of scientists, sustainability and food chain experts, including Tim Flannery, Julian Cribb, Penny Sackett, John Williams, Kirsten Larsen, Michael Raupach, Richard Hames, Amanda Lee, Robert Pekin and Michael Velders.

“The time has come to think about food security in Australia, to think about how we need to look at it from an integrated approach,” said Professor Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist for Australia.

The summit will explore both the existing state of Australia’s food security and ways to ensure its continued robustness.

In particular, the summit will explore the challenges Australia’s food system can expect, business models and capabilities to deal with these challenges, knowledge and skills and the role of government, industry, farmers and community, with a view to making policy recommendations for the National Food Plan and beginning to change the lay of Australia’s food landscape.

The National Sustainable Food Summit will run from Tues 5 – Wed 6 April 2011 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, and is organised by the 3 Pillars Network. Those interested in further information can contact Zaf on 02 9555 4302 or email