18 June 2013 — A global food and water crisis could hit in 2050 if key countries don’t review their current food policies thanks to a growing population, increasing demand for fresh water and an increasing loss of arable land.

The issue will be under discussion at the 20th Australian HACCP Conference in August.

Future Directions International chief executive officer John Hartley said Australia urgently needed more produce to be grown here along with a clarified food policy that incorporated reasons why Australia needed a viable agricultural and pastoral sector.

Different policy and regulatory areas related to food should be brought together, he said.

“We need an analysis of the northern land’s size, challenges of soil and its access to water. Major investment into this area could potentially increase productivity in cattle, sugar and other crops within Australia,” Mr Hartley said.

Other speakers at the event include Foodbank Australia general manager Greg Warren and Foodlink Management Services managing director Bill McBride.

The 20th Australian HACCP Conference will take place at Pier Docklands, Melbourne on 27-29 August 2013. Details: www.haccptown.com.au/conference