Can the Food Industry Survive Drought?
February 25, 2019
Maintaining food and water security in a drought prone world.
Droughts are becoming more frequent and more prolonged throughout Australia. Drought cuts yields of the crops we depend on, but our food and beverage processors are hit in two ways. Reduced yields mean increased prices of essential crop inputs, and the water, which is also essential for processing becomes more expensive and subject to supply restrictions that can limit output, even where market demand for products is strong. In most parts of Australia potable water is fairly cheap and of high quality, but the price of water becomes irrelevant if supply simply stops.
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