You may or may not know that I’m studying Public Health, focussing on health promotion to prevent chronic disease. I’ve published a few of my assignments online; these were food and physical activity interventions based in an American food desert, a Pacific Island and in Mexico.
Ill health in these disparate communities were connected by modern living, global trade combined with corporate processed food; governments failing to act, greatly assisted too.
I quickly realised that if we don’t address the distal causes of disease then health promoters can create social marketing campaigns and behavioural interventions until they’re blue in the face.
Will. Not. Work.
And that’s just looking at food through the health lens. When you consider food, you must view it in technicolour and 360 degrees; it’s a squillion times more than the nutrients it holds. There are social, environmental, economic, ethical and cultural aspects too.
If you fail to consider these, you fail to consider Food.
Below are a few organisations working on different visions to inform the future of our food. Please read the papers. It’s crucial that we take part; make yourself heard and offer your experience, evidence and view. Even if you’re gunning for a team it’s enlightening to read the others.
Can we make future generations thankful and proud?
We can’t just buy and eat our way out of this; it’s bigger than that.
Take part. The future of food depends on you.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance are collaboratively working towards a food system in which people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their food supply from paddock to plate. The People’s Food Plan presents a common-sense and achievable vision for fair food that places the soil and land, farmers, food workers and eaters at the centre of a restorative food system.
The Australian Government are developing the National Food Plan to better integrate all aspects of food policy to ensure a sustainable, globally competitive and resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.
The Centre for Policy Development is a public interest think tank dedicated to seeking out creative, viable ideas and innovative research to inject into Australia’s policy debates. ‘Farming Smarter, Not Harder’ is a report on the future of Australian agriculture in the context of rising global demand, resource scarcity, and environmental pressures.
The National Farmers’ Federation is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia’s foremost and respected advocacy organisations. The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture has brought together all with an interest in, or involvement with, agriculture to help shape its future direction.
If there are other papers to be included, let me know. Comment below or email me at info AT flavourcrusader DOT com
The Mark News: Roberto De Vogli, ‘Freeing Up Obesity‘, February 13, 2014