In 30 years how might climate change affect what Australians eat and drink?

Brown, Jaclyn N., Bambrick, Hilary, Barlow, Snow, Fallon, Dale, Fernandez-Piquer, Judith, Gallant, Ailie, Henrie, Gilly, Nidumolu, Uday, Northfield, Tobin, Poloczanska, Elvira, Roiko, Anne, Tong, Shilu, Vickers, Claudia, and Wheeler, Sarah Ann (2016) In 30 years how might climate change affect what Australians eat and drink? Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 29 (1). pp. 22-27.

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In this article, we analyse the current Australian diet and discuss how climate change might influence the foods we eat and consumer behaviour in coming decades. As climate change proceeds, one likely outcome is that key Australian agricultural regions will experience warmer, drier conditions with more frequent and intense drought and extreme events. These conditions will place pressure on Australia's ability to maintain the quality and quantity of the food it now produces. Amongst other pressures, reduced agricultural supply may contribute to higher prices for grains, red meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; reduced quality of produce due to an increase in pests and disease; and for water, increased costs of treatment. The risks from changes to diet correlate with socioeconomic disadvantage. Wealthier groups lend to spend more on quality produce. For most Australians, but particularly those that are vulnerable and food insecure, increased prices will lead to the consumption of cheaper and lower quality foods, changing diet composition away from healthy options, and exacerbating health issues. 1he interplay between climate, agriculture, economics and human health is complex. To improve, or even maintain, the health of Australians will likely cost more in the future for individuals and for our health system. Now is the time to explore and better understand these relationships in order to prepare for the near future.

Item ID: 45145
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1035-6576
Keywords: climate change; human diet; agriculture
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 00:14
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8299 Other Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 829999 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 50%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839999 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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