In only 200 years, the world’s population has increased from one billion to over seven billion. Based on these numbers, it has become vital for us to consider the impact of a densely-populated planet on our quality of life.
Of particular concern is the future of our food security due to this population increase, as well as decreasing availability of agricultural land, climate change and extreme weather events. Heatwaves, droughts, cyclones and flooding have all had a significant impact on food supply and prices in Australia.
In 2006 Cyclone Larry wiped out 90% of the North Queensland crop diminishing supplies and increasing consumer prices by 500%.