Established in July 2019, The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre partners leading Australian universities with industry and government bodies to deliver impactful research in the food systems domain. ‘Future food’ is our shorthand for categories of food that are differentiated by exceptional values for nutrition, environmental sustainability, safety and trust. Not only does Australia have capability to build global market share in these categories, we think consumers are increasingly demanding a future in which the food industry responds to these values. Taking a ‘whole of system’ approach is critical to optimising the environmental and community health outcomes of the food supply chain. The CRC consortium brings together leading experts and laboratories across the many disciplines needed to transform the sector – plant scientists, food scientists, planners, engineers, advanced manufacturing specialists, and medical scientists at the forefront of functional food in clinical settings.
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“It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than 1 billion tonnes of food every year. It is time to change how we produce and consume, including to reduce greenhouse emissions. Transforming food systems is crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals. As a human family, a world free of hunger is our imperative.”
“Fast-moving companies worldwide are establishing entirely new product and service hybrids that disrupt their own markets and generate fresh revenue streams.”
“Australia will need to be competitive in the global innovation race by scaling up more high-growth industries and companies; commercialising more high-value products and services; fostering great talent; and daring to tackle global challenges”
“We supply domestic and export markets with fresh fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, berries and mangoes and are constantly innovating to improve products and service to our national and international customers. The Future Food Systems CRC can help us to fast track innovation in automation of pollination and harvest, energy and water efficiency, design of our future facilities, smart logistics and trade solutions, and “next product” opportunities with partners in the personalised foods and nutraceuticals sectors.”
“New international airports are built once in a hundred years. Planning for Western Sydney Airport presents an opportunity for our council to support an advanced STEM based agrifood and education cluster that leverages advanced freight facilities and generates high value jobs. We have 150 nationalities in our region and a growing Asian population. Our vision is to help make Liverpool an agrifood dynamo providing fresh food to local people and also the booming Asian market for premium foods.”
“Investment in high-tech, sustainable regional agrifood systems, co-located with rapid freight hubs, is central to reaping the rewards presented by domestic and Asian markets for value-added, provenance-protected healthy foods. Not just new technology but new partnerships, business models and true customer focus is key to future growth in our industry.”