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Exciting future for graduates in the food industry - from agroecosystem to consumer health


Birch, CJ and Bonney, L and Murray, SL, Exciting future for graduates in the food industry - from agroecosystem to consumer health, Chronica Horticulturae, 54, (1) pp. 7-11. ISSN 0578-039X (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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The emergence of food and nutrition security as a matter of public consciousness brings into sharp focus the productive capacity and performance of all parts of the agri-food industry from production to nutrition and health as related to food supply and quality. It also brings to the fore the supply and skill sets of professionals servicing agri-food industries and the environment in which they operate. This paper addresses the second of these in view of the ageing of the professional horticulturists and agriculturalists and emerging needs for new and additional skill sets to support dynamic and increasingly sophisticated agri-food industries. It provides a brief overview of future challenges, and then examines the changing physical, economic and intellectual environments of the agri-food industry professional, production and resource management, postharvest losses and how these might be addressed, and finally the types of professionals and skills needed for the future. It takes an agro-ecological systems approach, and concludes that the emerging trends in the agri-food industry will create new opportunities for a wide range of professionals to deliver improved environmental, production, value chain, economic and health outcomes, and asserts that education and training providers will need to regularly update programs to meet these demands.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Research Field:Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
UTAS Author:Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)
UTAS Author:Murray, SL (Ms Sandra Murray)
ID Code:94048
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-08-27
Last Modified:2014-08-27

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