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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced on 27 October 2011, the next steps for developing Australia's first National food plan which will ensure that the government's policy settings are right for Australia over the short, medium and long-term.
A National food plan white paper will be developed to help the government achieve its vision of a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food. Minister Ludwig said consultation was key to the process. The issues paper, released in June, was followed by 10 weeks of public consultation and the next step, a green paper, will provide stakeholders with a chance to contribute before a white paper is prepared.
'The government is analysing and considering the full extent of issues raised in response to the issues paper, and has already begun work developing the green paper. The food plan will be a significant policy statement that serves as a platform for better informed and more strategic policy directions for our food sector,' said Minister Ludwig.
Minister Ludwig said the objectives of the National food plan include:
Australia's food industry makes a significant contribution to the economy and trade and is the dominant source of food for Australians. 'We need to be ready to meet emerging risks and opportunities such as a changing global food market, population growth and climate change,' Minister Ludwig said. 'The development of Australia's first ever National food plan will ensure we are ready to meet these challenges and maximise our opportunities over the decades to come.'