28 Nov '11, 11pm

70% more food needed to feed the world by 2050

CANBERRA - Australian farmers faced deep cuts to irrigation water use under proposals unveiled yesterday to help drought-proof the country's vast food bowl, a plan set to spark a new fight for Prime Minister Julia Gillard's beleaguered Labor government. After angry farmers last year staged protests and burned copies of a government water plan, officials released a new, scaled-back proposal to cut water use by 25 per cent across the Murray-Darling Basin, an area the size of France and Spain that produces 90 per cent of Australia's fresh food. The draft plan would restore the health of the basin against climate change that is expected to bring more droughts like the one which ravaged the country for over a decade until 2009, Environment Minister Tony Burke said. However, Mr Burke acknowledged that many farmers and affected states would be unhappy. "There will be arguments up...

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