Food Security in Australia

Challenges and Prospects for the Future

  • Quentin Farmar-Bowers
  • Vaughan Higgins
  • Joanne Millar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Quentin Farmar-Bowers, Vaughan Higgins, Joanne Millar
    Pages 1-17
  3. Food Equity and Access

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Emma Rush
      Pages 35-48
    3. Roslyn Foskey, Alan Avery, Margaret Sims, David Brunckhorst
      Pages 49-62
    4. Frances Parker, Elizabeth Morgan
      Pages 113-128
    5. Ric Benjamin, Quentin Farmar-Bowers
      Pages 143-151
    6. Darren Ray, Leah Galvin, Claire Palermo, Erik Eklund, Stuart Auckland, Quynh Lê et al.
      Pages 153-170
  4. Food Production, Policy and Trade

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Geoffrey Lawrence, Carol Richards, David Burch
      Pages 173-186
    3. Beverley Henry, Richard Conant, John Carter, Veronique Droulez, Peter Grace
      Pages 187-204
    4. Sarah Park, Steven Crimp, Simon Attwood, Nadine Marshall, Mark Howden
      Pages 205-217
    5. Quentin Farmar-Bowers
      Pages 219-233
    6. Francine Rochford
      Pages 235-246
    7. Declan McDonald
      Pages 247-258
    8. Brendan Gleeson
      Pages 311-324
    9. George Wilson, Maarten Ryder, Glenn Fitzgerald, Michael Tausz, Robert Norton, Garry O’Leary et al.
      Pages 353-364
  5. Land Use Planning

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 449-473

About this book


Food security is a major global issue.  Developing nations are particularly affected, but developed countries like Australia also face challenges, such as the growing cost of nutritious food, the emerging economic and social burden of diet-related health problems, and the exposure of food production and supply systems to increasing volatility as a consequence of climate change, biofuels production, global population growth, and urbanization.

Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future provides critical insights from a wide range of authors into three main food issues in Australia: equity and access to nutritious diets, food production and trade, and the relevance of land use planning for the long-term viability of food production, particularly around major Australian cities.  The book is intended to inform scholarly debate as well as stimulate further investigation and action on food security and sovereignty issues in Australia and internationally. 

Quentin Farmar-Bowers has worked in agriculture, public policy and natural resource management since 1971.  His previous book was Making Sustainable Development Ideas Operational: A General Technique for Policy Development.

Vaughan Higgins is Associate Professor of Sociology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Recent books include Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing (with Wendy Larner) and Rural Governance: International Perspectives (with Lynda Cheshire and Geoffrey Lawrence).

Joanne Millar is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Planning and Policy at Charles Sturt University, Australia.  Joanne has published in Demographic Change in Rural Australia: Implications for Society and Environment and the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Quentin Farmar-Bowers
    • 1
  • Vaughan Higgins
    • 2
  • Joanne Millar
    • 3
  1. 1.17 The GrangeEast MalvernAustralia
  2. 2., School of Humanities and Social SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  3. 3., School of Environmental SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia

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