You’ve heard about Peak Oil but what about Peak Food and Peak Water?

The Australian Independent Media Network


Guest post by Doug Evans

Yummo! Doesn’t that look delicious? Now that I’ve got your mind off the on going soap opera in Canberra for a moment I’ve got a couple of questions for you. How much do you spend on food and is your choice constrained by price?

Prompted by a couple of recent articles in The Guardian on food insecurity in the developing world (that I have linked to below) I decided to try to find out what I could about the global dimensions of the problem and whether this is an issue also here in Australia.

In 1998-9 according to the Australian Institute of Family Affairs the average Australian household spent thirteen percent of its weekly income on food. Today according to the St Vincent De Paul Society (see below) it seems to be around fifteen and a half percent. For the poorest Australians the weekly food…

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