Addressing public
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CALL TO ACTION

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is calling for an overhaul in the way we approach
food p...
OVERVIEW

social inequality are national priorities for Australia. In each of
these areas food policy plays a crucial role...
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A report produced by the Public Health Association of Australia titled - A Future For Food: Addressing public health, sustainability and equity from paddock to plate

Encourages plant-based diets.

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PHAA Report - A Future For Food

  1. 1. Addressing public health, sustainability and equity Public Health Association AUSTRALIA from paddock to plate
  2. 2. CALL TO ACTION The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is calling for an overhaul in the way we approach food policy in this country. The PHAA is calling on: consistency in policy centralised food policy that has public interest at its core www.phaa.net.au; public interest guideline review that is currently underway support for this initiative at www.phaa.net.au health and are ecologically sustainable and socially 2
  3. 3. OVERVIEW social inequality are national priorities for Australia. In each of these areas food policy plays a crucial role yet the approach to and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dietary Guidelines. approach that can actively address the pressing issues of as well as adapt to new challenges. patterns of Australians. The PHAA believes it is possible to establish a food policy 3
  4. 4. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 Source: U.S. Census Bureau. International Data Base. August 2006 version. The PHAA recognises that it is beyond the scope of this A Future for Food 2 1 Relative Intensity Beverages 1 Cereals/Carbs Chicken/Fish/Eggs Dairy Products Fruit/Vegetables Oils/Sweets/Cond Red Meat CO CO CO CO Source: Weber, CL and Matthews HS Food Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States, Environ Sci Technol. 2008, 42, 3508-3513 4
  5. 5. The selection of foods to be incorporated into guidelines in not all the biologically relevant aspects of a food. This raises several concerns: certain nutrient criteria. There is inadequate consideration of styles of eating despite their capacity to provide While PHAA believes nutrient adequacy by itself provides that ensures the provision of foods that supply adequate nutrients to ensure the continued healthy growth and 5
  6. 6. There is little question that Australia is facing a chronic disease crisis. year on health. of these conditions. Type II diabetes has at least doubled in the last two decades 3 While the evidence suggests that rates of overweight and health service costs of their current high prevalence are yet to and the net cost of lost wellbeing (the dollar value of the burden 4 There is also clear evidence that certain foods contribute to the 6
  7. 7. World Health Organisation (WHO) Health range of body weight Be physically active as part of everyday life WEIGHT GAIN World Cancer Research Fund Recommendations has reviewed disease and osteoporosis to create cancer guidelines that reflect disease. 7
  8. 8. PRODUCTION potential than CO ) land degradation including soil loss and decreasing availability of ability arable land. than transport and is only second to all stationary energy. y. Australia is particularly vulnerable to water shortages and tralia pa ularly vulner s rtages * 2 Prescribed burning of savannas of agricultural residues Agricultural Rice Cultivation Enteric Manure *CO Source AGO, 2007. land degradation. 17 8
  9. 9. Life Cycle Assessment to include actions to had run out of food a could d ut and reduce dependency on refrigeration through local of t health disad the h disadvantage tropical fruit (because it is transported by plane) and and effective food change on food availability will ange storage techniques. with beef having the greatest water footprint and vegetables and According to Julian Cribb & Associates Every stage of the food chain needs to be considered when Reijnders & Soret, Am J Clin Nutr 2003 9
  10. 10. Food waste and according to Australians are wasting all of based foods. Food production methods use of best by dating. locally sourced food. Weber & Mathews, Environ Sci Technology 2008 10
  11. 11. The PHAA believes there is a need to ensure basic food literacy structural changes in food policy are required to address these that food guidance is accepted and integrated by Australians. calories worth of carrots.31 Good food policy: 11
  12. 12. socially equitable. to change their eating habits and eat less of certain foods are The PHAA believes industry should be encouraged to use their practices in line with international trends. 12
  13. 13. Consider the social inequalities in our society and ensure that: ethically responsible including disadvantaged groups and future generations policy with public interest at its core public accountability for progress Ensure the current dietary guideline review reduces the burden of both chronic disease and addresses the re- emergence of deficiency related disease by: www.phaa.net.au and prevention of chronic disease have been shown to contribute to the burden of disease whole foods Consider the environmental impact of our food choices and develop public health nutrition recommendations that: food supply and register support at www.phaa.net.au the region 13
  14. 14. McMichael AJ. Integrating nutrition with ecology: balancing the 14
  15. 15. University of Melbourne. Melbourne. 15
  16. 16. Public Health Association AUSTRALIA February 2009

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