The 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 15th February 2012

Our food systems like many other systems in our society, are undergoing enormous changes as a result of energy and environmental pressures, significant increases in populations and urbanisation, new technologies and rapidly evolving geopolitical dynamics.

The food system will need to respond to the cumulative effects of these changes in a way that makes sure we develop an environmentally sustainable system in the 21st century that provides high quality food for future and current generations. It is likely that this system as it evolves will be very different from what we have now.

In April 2011, over 340 delegates including primary producers and members of the business, government, education, public health, community and not-for-profit sectors came together in Melbourne to share ideas that could inform a vision for Australia’s food system in 2030. The Inaugural National Sustainable Food Summit generated extraordinary consensus for the need to collaborate and continue the conversations necessary to transform Australia’s food system.

The 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit has been designed to progress the discussion from 2011 – which focused on the limits and challenges to our current system – to begin to examine what new frameworks and emerging solutions will help support a sustainable and resilient food system for Australia now and in the future.  

The summit will be addressed by a wide variety of Australian and International scientists, sustainability strategists and food system thought leaders, including Jeremy Rifkin, Julian Cribb,  Colin Chartres, Olivier De Schutter, Kirsten Larsen, Robert Pekin, Nicola Watts and Michael Croft.

3 Pillars Network again collaborates with partners from across the food system including Meat & Livestock Australia, Grains Research & Development Corporation, Office of the Environment and Heritage,  Dairy Australia, LRQA, Agrifood Skills, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Agribusiness Association of Australia, WWF Australia, Net Balance and Responsible Investment Association.

The 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit will be taking place at Dockside, Sydney from 3-4 April 2012.  A series of pre-conference workshops are also being offered on 2 April 2012.  For more information and to register for the Summit, please email or visit