Where: Urrbrae House, Waite Campus, The University of Adelaide – off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae
“A grand renaissance”: Breeding new cereals and legumes at the Waite, 1955-2005
by Lynette Zeitz
The 1950s saw the beginning of a “grand renaissance” in cereal breeding at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.
Historian and Manager of the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, Lynette Zeitz will talk about the work of Waite scientists in developing the new wheat, barley, triticale and faba bean varieties that have transformed South Australia’s farming landscape in the last 50 years.
The WRI Director, Professor Roger Leigh, recently attended the National Sustainable Food Summit held at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on 5 & 6 April 2011. The Summit was attended by a range of national and international experts from across the whole food chain including agricultural researchers, food industry players, and sustainability experts. They discussed how food production and use could be undertaken more sustainably and what new paradigms need to be implemented to meet the twin needs of sustainability and productivity.
The event (sponsored by a number of bodies including Meat & Livestock Australia, The Australian Food & Grocery Council, WWF, Sustainability Victoria, the Global Foresight Network, the National Farmers Federation, Net Balance, The Biogenesys Project and EPA Victoria) included a number of plenary lectures followed by group discussions addressing issues such as Sustainable Farming and Resource Management, Food Processing and Distribution, Consumption, Food Waste, Stakeholder Engagement, Equity and Fair Trade, Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability, and Local Food Economies.
The Summit explored both the existing state of Australia’s food security and ways to ensure its continued robustness. In particular, the delegates dissected the challenges Australia’s food system can expect, business models and capabilities to deal with these challenges, knowledge and skills and the role of government, industry, farmers and community, with a view to making policy recommendations that may inform the National Food Plan and begin to change Australia’s food landscape.
Food prices have hit an all-time high this year, according to the United Nations. In fact anger over sharp hikes in the price of food staples helped spark the bloody riots in the Middle East this year, as well as protests in India. So are we at the verge of a new food crisis? And could that have implications for global stability?
You will find a brief blurb about the interview on the Australia Talks website at:
Communications Manager – Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Pty Ltd
Skype address : amanda.hudswell1
Plant Genomics Centre, Hartley Grove, Urrbrae SA 5064
Postal address : PMB 1, Glen Osmond South Australia 5064
Ph : 08 8303 7230 or : 0400 322 272