Food

Agriculture uses an array of chemicals to control weeds, pests and diseases. However, a systems approach to reduce, redesign or replace chemical use will be needed to meet new demands.

Covid-19 has shown us the fragility of our health, and the power of science to rapidly respond. Similar breakthroughs are waiting in the wings if a comparable disaster befell agriculture.

Crop dusting chemicals on to a field

Throughout human history, pests have greatly impacted agriculture and society through crop failure. In modern times, chemical solutions to the problem have been hit and miss.

Bag with lupin beans

Harnessing the power of protein from lupin has been a decades-long process, but it’s finally seeing the light.

Tractor in field harvesting carrots. Image by Kagome

It's a case of down the hatch instead of down the drain for carrot pulp thanks to a new way of using it for burger patties.

In a region long touted as a food bowl, our scientists are working on smart, sustainable options for northern Australia food production.

Robot hand decorating sweet cupcake with fresh cherry

In 20 years, will we swap beef for crickets, 3-D print food, or grow our leafy greens on vertical farms in our cities? And what will changes in our diet mean for Australia’s agrifood sector?

Fisherman with a pompano fish.

To meet growing consumer demand, CSIRO researchers are on the hunt for healthy and affordable protein sources from white flesh fish.

A selection of food

A growing population, resource constraints and the ‘flexitarian’ movement mean we need value-added premium protein sources to complement animal-derived protein production.