Victoria’s food supply to go under the microscope

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 6th July 2009

Less than one in ten adults in Victoria reaches the recommended daily intake of vegetables, a statistic that VicHealth is hoping to change with new research programs into the state’s food supply.

The funding for research into Victoria’s food supply is part of a package of new projects to tackle some of the key health issues facing the state.

“These research grants focus on the big drivers of poor health including alcohol, physical inactivity, discrimination, violence, health inequalities, social disconnection, and inadequate diet,” Todd Harper, Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth, said. “Healthy food is fundamental to a healthy life – that’s why we’re so keen to examine our food supplies so we can contribute to ensuring sustainable healthy eating in the future.”

“One of the projects we are funding this year is focussing on access to an affordable and quality food supply, and will measure the economic, health, social and environmental impacts of a local food supply through a series of Victorian Case studies.”

Another project will ascertain the vulnerabilities in Victoria’s food supplies.

VicHealth’s one year research grant program, launched on Friday, is designed to explore novel research that has the potential for improving population health in Victoria.

“We are funding 14 public health research grants this year totalling $1.4 million, which have been awarded to foster the work of Victorian-based researchers,” Mr Harper noted. “We are currently spending less than two per cent of our national health budget on prevention.”

“With the National Preventative Health Taskforce report due for release this month, it is important to identify the strategies that are most effective in promoting health, and preventing disease – that is role of these investments,” Mr Harper concluded.

For more information please watch the video on the bottom left hand side of the Australian Food News homepage.