"Australia is facing yet another “unprecedented” weather event as extreme
flooding across Queensland and New South Wales submerges entire towns.
In the immediate aftermath, there’s a new challenge for many Australians in
these flood-ravaged areas. On top of damage to houses, livelihoods and water
supply, it’s hard to get food. Stores are running short of fresh food. Major
supermarkets have been forced to introduce buying limits on some foods.
Empty supermarket shelves and temporary food shortages are becoming more common
in Australia, due to disruptions in food supply related to the COVID-19
pandemic and extreme weather events.
Australia can expect to see extreme weather and disasters such as floods,
heatwaves, bushfires and droughts become more common and worse, according to
the latest report from the global authority, the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change. That means food supplies will become disrupted more often and
food will cost more.
At present, our governments largely rely on the food industry to ensure our
supply chains are resilient to these threats. Governments also rely on
charities to feed people who are going hungry after disasters.
As climate threats intensify, these responses are not enough. We need
government to take the lead."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics