Why countries must invest in tech and innovation to combat a global food crisis
An Israeli company has made the question redundant by achieving something remarkable. 'SuperMeat' has grown chicken in a laboratory, and they now plan to expand the process to a 'commercial scale'. SuperMeat is holding test meals for customers in a small restaurant in the Israeli town of Ness Ziona. The restaurant is aptly called the 'Chicken'. Diners here can devour the laboratory-grown chicken, produced without using genetic engineering or antibiotics. The process involves cultivating cells taken from a fertilised chicken egg. Cell cultures are fed a plant-based liquid including proteins, fats, sugars, minerals and vitamins.
Set up a Constitutional Council to sort out our Federal Conundrums
As we wrestle with the challenges of Covid-19 the weaknesses
inherent in our federation are being clearly seen. These weaknesses have been
present since 'federation' in 1901 but have been amplified by various legislative,
legal and administrative actions. Our state and federal politicians are not willing
or able to resolve these issues.
A Constitutional Council of esteemed Australians, not
involved in daily political life, should be permanently established to develop
referendum proposals to overcome the lack of clarity in federal, state and
local government responsibilities and other changes needed so that our constitution
reflects the requirements of contemporary Australia.