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Window of opportunity – positioning food and nutrition policy within a sustainability agenda


Correspondence to:
Dr Heather Yeatman, School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales 2522. Fax: (02) 4221 3486; e-mail: hyeatman@uow.edu.au


AUTHOR: Public health professionals have an opportunity to refocus national attention on food and nutrition policy, within a sustainability agenda. A broadly based national Food and Nutrition Policy was developed in 1992. However, its implementation has been selective and primarily based within the health sector. Other major policy areas, for example; industry, agriculture and trade, have dominated Australian nutrition and health policy. A broad, whole-of-government commitment to a comprehensive food and nutrition policy that engages with the community is required to achieve outcomes in terms of public health, a sustainable environment and viable food production for future generations.