Australian Food Supply Scenarios

An extension of a VEIL research scoping project completed in early 2011 (funded from a VicHealth Discovery Grant). This new two-year research project is ARC funded, with Deakin University (lead) VEIL, CSIRO and ANU.

It will “use an innovative scenario modelling approach to quantify the potential impacts of population growth, consumption patterns, urban form, agricultural practices and transport systems with emerging climate and environmental challenges, on Australia’s future food security.”

Project detail

In 2009, VicHealth funded a VEIL-led consortium to investigate whether challenges to food production could impact on Victorian menu planning and the availability of a nutritious diet.

This research discovery project was undertaken by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (at the University of Melbourne), Deakin University and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems with Victorian Government partners including the Department of Planning and Community Development.

The objective of this project was to develop and demonstrate a new methodology to link land and resource use with availability of a nutritionally adequate food supply for Victoria’s population. To do so, it has built the capability of the CSIRO stocks and flows model as a platform for on-going ‘what-if’ investigation of Victorian and Australian food supply security.


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