Consensus statement: Towards a healthy, regenerative and equitable food system in Victoria
A newly released Consensus Statement is a timely and powerful call to action for the State and Local Governments and others to bring about urgently needed change in Victoria’s food system.
Towards a Healthy, Regenerative, and Equitable Food System in Victoria: A Consensus Statement calls for a commitment to a future food system that reinstates health, environmental and and social qualities into its structure.
The statement comprises 10 “leverage points” which collectively will create the conditions necessary to drive a transition towards a healthy, regenerative and equitable food system. Each leverage point is underpinned by research and so informed by supporting evidence. Insightful case studies illustrate global best practices and the progress that can be made.
Produced by the Victorian Food Systems and Food Security Working Group, established under the auspices of VicHealth, the statement is supported by 16 health and community organisations, including IPAN.
Professor Mark Lawrence, who leads IPAN’s Sustainability cross-domain theme, said a healthy, regenerative and equitable food system is a fundamental prerequisite for personal, population and planetary health and wellbeing.
“The statement provides a critical analysis of the Victorian food system’s underlying social, political and ecological determinants. It articulates a shared vision of what a healthy, regenerative and equitable food system in Victoria would look like – and crucially, it outlines actions to challenge the current determinants and achieve the shared vision,” he said.
“Helping translate the Consensus Statement’s valuable recommendations into urgent and meaningful activities now requires all of us to support its call on State and Local Governments and others to act.”
Find the statement here.