Australians warned to be prepared for food supply crisis

Australians have been warned to be prepared for a food supply crisis that could lead to even more empty shelves in supermarkets

  • Report warns Australia not prepared for food crisis caused by climate change
  • Australian shoppers will expect to see more empty supermarket shelves in the future
  • Australia’s national food chain will be affected by sea level rise and planet warming
  • Report warns federal government is ‘poorly prepared’ for food shortages

A new report warns Australia is not ‘prepared’ for a growing food crisis caused by global warming and war Ukraine,

Australia and the Asia-Pacific region have been described as ‘disaster alley’ for Climate changeThe report said the government is ‘poorly prepared’ for the crisis.

The Australian Security Leaders Climate Group predicts that global warming will lead to a decline in crop production and compromise water supplies by 2040.

The grim predictions have prompted former military leaders to urge Australia to prepare for the ‘big consequences’ of the food supply.

A new report warns Australia is not ‘prepared’ for a growing food crisis caused by global warming and the war in Ukraine (pictured, a Sydney shopkeeper in Coles)

A warmer planet would cause a drop in crop production, the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group report says (pictured, floods in Gudna, west of Brisbane in February)

A warmer planet would cause a drop in crop production, the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group report says (pictured, floods in Gudna, west of Brisbane in February)

The report said the effects of extreme heat and sea level rise would have “enormous consequences” for Australia.

It warns that global warming will strain national supply chains, exacerbate geopolitical tensions and see a growing need for disaster relief.

Former Australian Defense Force chief Chris Barry said the disruption in the food supply due to various factors would lead to further conflict.

“Food insecurity is a growing crisis that has been brought to the limelight by the invasion of Ukraine, and it is a crisis Australia is unprepared for,” Mr Barry said.

Former defense ministers said that Ukraine's invasion brought food insecurity into the limelight (pictured, after the Russian missile attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine)

Former defense ministers said that Ukraine’s invasion brought food insecurity into the limelight (pictured, after the Russian missile attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine)

Global warming also poses a threat to Australia’s growing systems as farmers on the east coast grapple with major flooding and an unseasonably cold weather has begun.

The report warned that the lack of a global response to climate change would result in “great pressure on the Australian Defense Force as well as disaster relief agencies”.

Australian households have been warned that a recurrence of extreme weather events such as the East Coast floods will have an unpredictable impact on food production.

Buyers can expect to see more empty shelves at their local supermarkets and prices to remain the same, or perhaps even increase through the end of the year.

As the livelihood crisis continues in Australia, fresh food prices have come into the limelight after rising above the rate of inflation.

Global warming also poses a threat to Australia's growing systems as farmers on the east coast battle a series of major flooding events (pictured, Queensland floodwaters in May)

Global warming also poses a threat to Australia’s growing systems as farmers on the east coast battle a series of major flooding events (pictured, Queensland floodwaters in May)

Buyers can expect to see more empty shelves at their local supermarkets and prices to remain the same, or perhaps even rise through the end of the year.

Buyers can expect to see more empty shelves at their local supermarkets and prices to remain the same, or perhaps even rise through the end of the year.

The price of an iceberg salad has risen to $12 in some East Coast supermarkets after an unseasonably cold start to the weather and flooding.

The latest CPI data shows the cost of fruits and vegetables rose 6.7 per cent in the March quarter compared to a year ago, with inflation at 5.1 per cent.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has warned that the inflation rate will be ‘definitely higher’ at 5.1 per cent in the March quarter and will be worse.

Speaking on the ABC show Insiders on Sunday, he said: ‘Inflation will be much higher than expected in the most recent budget of the previous government.

The price of an iceberg lettuce has risen to $12 in some East Coast supermarkets after an unseasonably cold start of weather and flooding.

The price of an iceberg lettuce has risen to $12 in some East Coast supermarkets after an unseasonably cold start of weather and flooding.

‘Definitely higher than the 5.1 percent we saw in the March quarter.’

He added: ‘This inflation problem will get more difficult before it subsides.’

Most developed countries are battling high inflation, mainly due to supply chain disruptions, high energy prices caused by large volumes printed during the COVID pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said climate change would be a major theme of the upcoming federal budget, which will be handed out in October.

Mr Albanese has pledged to launch a climate security threat assessment to examine how climate change will affect food, water and supply chains.