The COVID-19 pandemic and recent floods in QLD and NSW have shone a light on just how unprepared our food system is for (un)natural disasters. ‘One in a hundred-year’ floods and fires are becoming commonplace; we need to do more to ensure that our society is protected!
Almost one-quarter of Victorians (23%) had to turn to low-cost, unhealthy foods during the pandemic because they could not afford to feed themselves. This food insecurity is a result of our systems, which are in turn shaped by our political choices.
These political choices, and not whatever ‘disaster of the day’ currently dominates the news cycle, cause food insecurity. There is more than enough fresh food to go around. Our broken food system is responsible for people going hungry and we want to change that.
That is why we, along with 16 other organisations making up the Food Systems and Food Security Working group at VicHealth have released a consensus statement entitled ‘Towards a Healthy, Regenerative and Equitable Food System in Victoria’.
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