This report examines recent trends and issues relating to Australia's household food expenditure. It includes data on food consumption by income, age and net worth, production and trade analysis, and an examination of food security issues.
Timor-Leste’s high rate of malnutrition impedes the population’s ability to break the cycle of poverty and, at the national level, is a burden on national development. As a Least Developed Country, with a high poverty rate, achieving food and nutrition security is crucial for Timor-Leste’s...
This report has been provided in response to a request by the Ministry of Health in April 2017 to the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, and the Royal Society Te Apārangi, to review the health benefits and risks of folic acid fortification...
This report identifies the policy challenges that need to be addressed to strengthen Melbourne’s foodbowl and the opportunities that could be leveraged, focusing on three key policy issues: protecting farmland, strengthening the viability of farming and increasing water access.
This paper discusses the vulnerability of Melbourne’s food and fuel supply within the interconnected frameworks of complexity and systems theory. This approach starts from the acceptance that this complex adaptive socio-technological system we label ‘Melbourne’ cannot ever be truly reified, as its composite infrastructures and...
The evaluation summaries in this collection are part of a project which aims to build the business case for the economic and health costs and benefits of implementing healthy food and drink policies in healthcare settings.
This report presents the students’ combined contributions to a sustainability scoping review and recommended audit tools for Queensland University of Technology and associated businesses at Kelvin Grove Campus and Village located 6 kilometres north of the Central Business District of Brisbane, Queensland.
The VicHealth healthy eating strategy 2017–2019 is part of VicHealth’s organisational goal to have one million more Victorians with better health and wellbeing, including 200,000 more Victorians adopting a healthier diet by 2023.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is undertaking a review of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to consider its application to the food products of new breeding techniques (NBTs). The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek views from a...
Nutrition is an important, but under-appreciated, component of Chinese food security. A greater appreciation of the role that access to nutritious food plays in economic productivity could help to reduce the economic burden of an ageing population.
Though biological factors of sex and life-stage affect women’s nutritional needs, women’s food choices and dietary practices are strongly influenced by structural, social and economic factors. This paper explores various aspects of women’s health relating to food.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network believes that roughly 70 million people will require food aid across 45 countries in 2017. There are four countries (Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen) that house 5,000,001-10,000,000 people that need emergency food assistance while also...
Melbourne is surrounded by a highly productive foodbowl that currently grows a wide variety of fresh foods, but it faces challenges:Melbourne’s foodbowl grows 47% of the vegetables produced in Victoria and has the capacity to meet around 41% of Melbourne’s total food needs...
Deloitte Access Economics undertook an economic analysis of Melbourne’s foodbowl for the Foodprint Melbourne project. The final Foodprint Melbourne report draws on the findings of this economic analysis.
The value of Melbourne’s foodbowl to the regional economy is significant:Melbourne’s foodbowl accounts for more than 1.7 million hectares of agricultural land, consisting of a mix of enterprises, most notably vegetables, poultry, dairy and livestock production. It contributes $2.45 billion per annum to...
Increased anxieties over contemporary crises such as climate change are generating interest in urban agriculture in Australia. The connection between suburban food producing environments and the urban environment is complex and often misunderstood. The food system is multi faceted and frequently intersects with economic, political...
This report assesses the health effects of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification, introduced to help reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects and address the re emergence of iodine deficiency in the population.
At the request of the then Australia...
This report summarises research findings about what it takes to feed Melbourne - how much land, water, and energy and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and food waste generated.
According to Foodbank’s 2016 Hunger Report, one in six Australians have experienced food insecurity at least once in the last twelve months and one in every 24 Australians experiences food insecurity on a regular basis. The number of people seeking food relief, of whom approximately...
Current Australian labelling laws don't even allow consumers the opportunity to know the origins of the food they are purchasing and consuming. In fact, in many cases, these laws are less than useless -- they are downright misleading.
I have campaigned relentlessly on this...