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Australian dairy’s China risk

Australian dairy’s China risk

The worsening relationship between the governments of Australia and China has resulted in China’s imposition of punitive tariffs and bans on some major agrifood imports from Australia, alongside a slowdown in trade activity across many other categories of trade. The...

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The step-up myth

The step-up myth

There has been a flurry of complaint in the ag media recently about the delay in the payment of a milk price step-up in the current Australian milk production season which runs to the end of June 2021. Step-ups are a milk payment increase, usually announced once the...

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EU: Let’s stick together

EU: Let’s stick together

EU leaders have managed to reach an agreement on a €750bn package that will provide a post-COVID stimulus to member states. It took 100 hours of negotiation as northern member states – the “fiscal frugals” resisted some of the largesse on grants for countries most...

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A message for the times

A message for the times

Thankfully for most Australians the impact of COVID-19 has been in the abstract, at least in terms of health. With case numbers still low at the time of writing, the financial impacts have been highlighted in expanding queues outside Centrelink Office as government...

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Much to learn about humankind

Much to learn about humankind

The world is still in the early days of the COVID-19 experience but there is already much to learn from the 70-odd days since news of the virus broke in China. There isn’t a lot of hindsight to work with just yet. The apparent reluctance of Western governments to act...

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Drought policy runs dry

Drought policy runs dry

In the midst of an historic dry period and calls for the federal government to “do something” Professor in Australian politics at the University of Canberra, Linda Botterill has examined the question of why there is no drought policy in Australia.  Australia...

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GM laws in the news

GM laws in the news

There have been reviews of the last remaining state GM moratoriums in Australia carried out almost simultaneously in recent months. In South Australia the government has announced it will lift its GM ban, allowing for GM food crops to be grown on the mainland from...

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Vegan protestors hit the streets

Vegan protestors hit the streets

Earlier this month, people travelling to work in Melbourne’s CBD were delayed when around 150 activists blocked traffic in front of the busy Flinders street station. Trams and busses were disrupted as vegan protestors sat down in the busy intersection while holding...

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Big Food = Big Tobacco

Big Food = Big Tobacco

The recently published EAT-Lancet Commission report - Food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems - warns obesity, undernutrition and climate change are the biggest threats to humanity and called for a global...

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Meat tax stoush

Meat tax stoush

A recent study from the University of Oxford that puts forward the case for a meat tax has gained significant media coverage. Most of the coverage has presented the results of the study – that the “optimal” tax could prevent 220,000 deaths and save over US$40 billion...

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What business are you in?

What business are you in?

It’s tough being a dairy farmer right now. Any farmers reading this might say it’s always tough, but extended drought conditions that have sapped emotional and financial resources in many regions are taking a particular toll at present. Dairy Australia is now...

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Food researcher ousted

Food researcher ousted

Cornell University food researcher and director of the institution’s Food and Brand Lab, Brian Wansink developed a high profile by producing quirky and news-worthy nutrition studies that linked behavioural science with food consumption – often in ways that seemed to...

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