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Climate change, food insecurity and chronic diseases: sustainable and healthy policy opportunities for Australia

Sharon Friel

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 21(6) 129–133 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB10019 Published online: 16 July 2010

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Sharon Friel

Abstract

Food provides a link between the population health and climate stabilisation agendas. This paper argues that a broader view of food security for the 21st century in Australia and internationally is needed – one that judges the food system for its nutritional quality, social value and impact on the environment. If done well, climate change mitigation and adaptation policies provide ways to achieve this. This paper focuses on mitigation strategies, and describes how the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector through a reduction in consumption of animal source foods can improve food security and reduce the levels of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.