August 07, 2012
National Food Plan
The Australian government has put together a National Food Plan green paper to ensure that Australia maintains a sustainable and globally competitive food supply which is affordable and nutritious. The plan is open for discussion and the government is encouraging public input by way of submission or attending public meetings by 30th September.
The plan notes that Australia currently has a good supply of fresh and nutritious foods. However it notes that many Australians have poor diets, which increases the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. It is projected, that if no effective interventions occur, about 83% of men and 75% of women by 2025 will be overweight or obese.
The plan outlines the governments commitment to encouraging healthy eating and supporting industry to improve the food supply. This is being done in the following ways:-
- National Preventative Health Partnership to address the rising prevalence of lifestyle diseases
- Consumer information through food labelling and education
- A National Nutrition Policy
- Australian Dietary Guidelines
- Marketing of unhealthy food to children
- Addressiing nutritional needs of vulnerable groups such as indigenous groups, infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, the aged
- Food safety
- Changing consumer preferences and behaviours to more nutritious foods
The government is seeking input as to what other areas the policy should address.
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