Health and Food

Submission in Response to the Issues Paper to Inform Development of a National Food Plan

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), was formed 23 years ago, and was originally known as Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. We are the only environment group in Australia with a specific population focus.
 
Among our aims and objectives, the following are relevant to the issues paper and motivate our response:
  • To contribute to public awareness of the limits of Australian population growth from ecological, social and economic viewpoints,
September 6 2015

Submission by Sustainable Population Australia on the treatment of Agriculture in the UNFCCC

Sustainable Population Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit perspectives on the treatment of Agriculture in the international climate change discourse.

September 6 2013

Water to get more scarce, more expensive 15th July, 2010

A new study says Australia's water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century. The report by Australia's major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion litres by 2056 based on a population of 31 million people. The worst-case scenario indicates more than 1.5 trillion litres may be needed if Australia reaches 45 million.

September 16 2011

Asia needs to invest more to feed population - FAO 7th July 2010

(Reuters) - Asian countries need to increase investment in food production by 50 percent to $120 billion a year to ensure they can afford to feed their large and growing populations, a United Nations' body said on Wednesday. With the number of hungry people in the world increasing by about 100 million to 1 billion last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said food production in the developing world had to double by 2050.

September 16 2011

One-third of world's population without access to surgical services 7th July, 2010

More than two billion people, mostly those with low income or living in poor countries, lack access to surgical treatment and sites, according to a study of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

September 16 2011

Vic Gov to trash Melbourne's water recycling market gardens for quick bucks in thirsty new suburbs

We have here an example both of the damage done in the service of unnecessary population growth and the failure to offset some of that damage by retaining a superb working food production area which also puts water to excellent re-use. Yet we are still subjected to harangues by suprisingly well-publicised so-called 'green' activists who basically argue for 'smart growth' and have been doing so for years in the face of the entrenchment of just the opposite. You can't help wondering what's in it for them.

September 16 2011

Call to set aside suburban land for growing of food

Swathes of land in the Sydney Basin could be set aside for farming and market gardens under a proposal the state government is considering to stem the loss of agriculture in outlying suburbs.

September 16 2011

How science could spark a second Green Revolution - April 6

To fight poverty and overpopulation, crops need coaxing. Advances in deep-root food plants may trigger a new Green Revolution.

September 16 2011

Rainwater users warned of lead risk - April 10

PEOPLE who drink from their rainwater tanks may be consuming unacceptable levels of lead, a study says.

September 16 2011

One-Third of Yemen's Population May Go Hungry. Still, Money For Weapons But Not Food.

A few days ago there was an odd juxtaposition of Yemen-related news. On the one hand, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the United States would double its military assistance to Yemen to about $150 million next year. That same day, the UN Refugee Agency warned that it faced a huge funding shortfall for its Yemen related work, which includes taking care of 250,000 people made refugees and internally displaced, in part by fighting between the Yemeni military and rebel groups. Mark Leon Goldberg - February 25, 2010

September 16 2011

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