How Australia is Selling off the Farm

This is a lose-lose situation. It destroys our own food security, and it encourages other (more overpopulated) countries to ignore their obligation to keep their own population in balance with their resources.  Australia can currently produce food for about 3 times the number of people who live here, but future scarcity of nitrate and phosphate fertilizers, plus salination, acidification and erosion make it doubtful it can in the long run feed even its present population of 22.5 million. We could yet see a situation where, as in the Irish potato famine, food was exported from a starving country to fulfill foreign contracts.

"Doomsayers" are sometimes accused of cloggiing the upward flight of progress. A better case could be made out that it is the foolish "Don't worry, it'll be alright" optimists who threaten our future. In the article below, Paul Meyers, former editor of The Land, points out how Australia, through complacency,  has allowed its food security to be sold to foreign companies, often the state-owned companies of other countries.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/australia-should-look-...