Food Pricing, Extreme Weather and the Rural/Urban Divide: A Case Study of Northern NSW, Australia

Singh-Peterson, Lila ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6095-9569 and Shoebridge, Amanda and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2013) Food Pricing, Extreme Weather and the Rural/Urban Divide: A Case Study of Northern NSW, Australia. Journal of Food Security, 1 (2). pp. 42-48. ISSN 2372-0115

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Abstract

According to the Australian Government (2012:vi), a crucial question for the wellbeing of all Australian residents is the extent to which the food supply chain is resilient in the face of disruption’. The impact of extreme weather events and a changing climate on food production influences food prices across time and space. In this study food prices across the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales were surveyed one week after a disastrous flood and cyclone event. Six months later, a follow-up survey was initiated. The surveys provided data which allowed comparisons between food pricing in urban settlements and rural settlements in the region, both at the time of flooding, and six months after the floods. Results from the study indicate that the large chain supermarket prices actually decreased during the six-month period while, in contrast, food pricing in the small independent stores continued to increase after the flood event. We conclude that the smaller, regional stores are less resilient to the impact of the flooding event than are the larger, urban based stores. This raises significant concerns for regional communities that are dependent for food provision from small independent stores.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 03:22
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 03:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: food supply chain resilience, rural food security, food inequity, food basket surveys, climate change impacts
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440610 Social geography
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440605 Health geography
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920206 Health Inequalities
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1905 Understanding climate change > 190508 Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1905 Understanding climate change > 190504 Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.12691/jfs-1-2-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46821

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