Food Sustainability

Food Sustainability

The food that we consume uses a significant amount of natural resources and has worldwide social, environmental and economic impacts.  

Some of these impacts are listed below:

  • Areas of natural habitat have been cleared to make way for agriculture.
  • Thousands of fruit and vegetables and heritage farm breeds of animals are becoming extinct.
  • Transportation of food and food products from around Australia and the world consumes large quantities of fuel and energy and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Long distance transport reduces the nutritional value of the foods.  Preservatives are also more likely to be used.
  • The impacts on the environment due to packaging and processing processes (such as pollution and waste generated in the manufacture, processing and disposal).
  • The use of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers due to broad scale farming activities has impacts on our waterways and on our ecological systems.
  • Imported food can come from countries with inadequate environmental and health standards and few regulations to protect the workers and the quality of the food produced.
  • A significant amount of the food that is produced is never eaten and ends up in landfill or is wasted while many people in Australia and around the world go hungry.


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Last reviewed: 14 March, 2017