No longer does feeding ourselves have to be a trade off between harm caused to animals and the land, and the cost and quality of the food we eat. New technologies and access to clean, cheap, abundant energy means we can almost eliminate harm and reduce land requirements and environmental impact by many orders of magnitude from our food production.

These new technologies will likely take decades to bring to any significant level of production but we have the knowledge to start this journey and with the clean, cheap and abundant power we will start to bring online, these technologies will become not only economically viable, but preferable as they solve problems relating to animal welfare and reduced land use.

Australia has a very strong brand for food that we export, especially meat. We can use that and our science and technology investment to become the leader in synthetic meat and vertical farming systems.

 Synthetic Meat Production

Our concept is simple. Instead of farming animals to obtain their meat, why not farm the meat directly? To that end, we’re combining decades of experience in both the culinary and scientific fields to farm real meat cells—without the animals—in a process that is healthier, safer, and more sustainable than conventional animal agriculture. Our products are delicious, too: all are developed with recipes honed over a half century by award-winning chefs.
— Memphis Meats

The technology exists today, albeit expensively, to create meat without the need to grow and harvest it from living animals. This technology holds the promise of a future without huge methane emissions, a huge contributor to global warming, but more importantly the ability to remove animals from our food supply.

  • Project HQ: Albury-Wodonga
  • How: It is possible to produce meat cells without an animal, with this technology we can create meat products without the farming and the slaughtering of animals
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Clean, cheap, reliable power
  • Outputs: Non-animal derived healthy meat
  • Benefits: Human health improvements, animal welfare improvements, meat exports

Vertical Farming

Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated in other structures. The modern idea of vertical farming uses controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. These facilities utilize artificial control of light, environmental control (humidity, temperature, gases...) and fertigation. Some vertical farms use techniques similar to greenhouses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting and metal reflectors.
— Wikipedia

Vertical farming is not new, however if we can scale this method of food production we can reduce our requirement for land, secure our food supply against varying weather and export the technology to other countries to allow them to secure their food supply as well.

  • Project HQ: Hobart
  • How: Vertical farming
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Clean, cheap, reliable power
  • Outputs: Low land impact food
  • Benefits: Reduced impact to the environment from food production. Systems that are export ready for countries that do not have large agricultural land resources, giving them food security.

National Regreening Project

Plants are the key to life in Australia. They provide food and shelter for our unique wildlife and create healthy landscapes for people to live and work in.
But a staggering 1,256 native plant species are now listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered – which puts animals and people at risk too. That’s why we’re bringing native habitat back to full strength by planting thousands of grasses, trees, and shrubs every year.
— Greening Australia
  • Project HQ: Gold Coast
  • How: Using EBA funding to return marginal agricultural and mining land back to natural use.
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Funding from EBA
  • Outputs: Better environmental outcomes, more land with less human impact