Government supports a sustainable food industry

Australia's food manufacturing sector now has access to the Climate Change Research Program, in a recent decision by the Federal Government.

Australia’s food manufacturing sector now has access to the Climate Change Research Program, in a recent decision by the Federal Government.

Agriculture Minister Tony Burke announced that for the first time, the food processing industry would be eligible to access the program, designed to support scientific projects gearing Australian industry for climate change.

Australia’s $100 billion food and grocery sector will join the program which was originally aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving soil management and helping the agriculture industry adapt to climate change.

Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) Chief Executive Kate Carnell applauded the Government’s move to allow food processors to access the innovative research program.

“Having a sustainable food and grocery sector is vital for the future of Australia’s food supply and the industry welcomes the opportunity to access research funding to safeguard the nation’s food security,” Ms Carnell said.

“Food and grocery is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector, employing 315,000 Australians and is vital to growing Australia’s economy into the future.

“There are also some real challenges facing Australia’s food and grocery industry including the increasing cost of energy and availability of water.

“Therefore, having new research and development funds available to ensure the food processing industry can better adapt to climate change, will continue to provide jobs and economic growth, particularly in rural and regional Australia.”