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During the 2010 election the Gillard Government committed to developing Australia’s first National Food Plan to provide a vision for our food future. The National Food Plan is a roadmap for the future of Australia’s food industry.
Australia’s food industry stands at a gateway to new opportunities. To take advantage of these, the National Food Plan sets out a framework that will guide the food industry, the community and governments for years to come.
From classrooms to kitchens, from fields to factories and from paddocks to Asian markets the decisions that we take individually within a food producing nation spreads across the economy and across communities.
Fifteen percent of the Australian workforce is involved in food production, we export $30.5 billion annually and produce enough to feed the country twice over. Food creation is the biggest employer in rural and regional communities.
Consumers now have more choice and a wider appreciation of different and diverse foods than at any other time in our history. There is increased demand for food across the world and Asia’s growing middle classes continue to seek higher value food products and services. Australian food is recognised as high-quality, safe and sustainable, all qualities in high demand.
The Gillard Government has been implementing a plan for Australian agriculture that first strengthens the foundation and prepares us for the future and emerging challenges. The National Food Plan is the third stage, creating new opportunities.
The National Food Plan sets out key goals to grow our domestic industry and increase the value of our food exports.
We will invest in our research and development capability so that we remain world leaders in innovation and productivity. We will work to improve access to export markets. We will build productive and collaborative relationships with our trading partners, work with our industry to tackle barriers to trade and promote Australia’s brand for food. We will also work to reduce the regulatory burden for food businesses so they can remain internationally competitive.
Our food system isn’t just about high yield agriculture and exports, it is also about local communities growing, preparing and sharing food. We are committed to supporting the growing numbers of farmers’ markets, food sharing networks and community gardens around the country. We will also work to embed food and agriculture within the national curriculum so that our kids know where food comes from and value the hard working Australians who produce it.
The National Food Plan has been developed by the community, industry and government working together. The Gillard Government has developed it to be owned and driven by the whole nation.