Eating for health and the environment: Australian regulatory responses for dietary change

Johnson, Hope (2015) Eating for health and the environment: Australian regulatory responses for dietary change. QUT Law Review, 15(2), pp. 122-139.

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The Australian food system significantly contributes to a range of key environmental issues including harmful greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, soil desertification, biodiversity loss and water scarcity. At the same time, the Australian s food system is a key cause of public health nutrition issues that stem from the co-existence of over- and under-consumption of dietary energy and nutrients. Within these challenges lie synergies and opportunities because a diet that has a lower environmental impact generally aligns with good nutrition. Australian State and Federal initiatives to influence food consumption patterns focus on individual body weight and ‘soft law’ interventions. These regulatory approaches, by focusing on select symptoms of food system failures, are fragmented, reductionist and inefficient. In order to illustrate this point, this paper will explore Australian regulatory responses to diet-related illnesses. The analysis will support the argument that only when regulatory responses to diets become embedded within reform of the current food system will substantial improvements to human and planetary health be achieved.

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ID Code: 85033
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainable Diets, Sustainable Food Systems, Public Health, Regulatory Theory, Diet-related diseases
DOI: 10.5204/qutlr.v15i2.587
ISSN: 2201-7275
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2015 22:41
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 05:22

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