The role of planning and design in advancing a bio-nutrition-sensitive food system

Authored by: Jane Dixon , Emily Ballantyne-Brodie

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407


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Food systems – national and local – are critical to human health and environmental sustainability. As they currently operate, industrial scale and corporate owned food systems contribute to key human and environmental health problems. In contrast to the food system model that prevails in many countries, a health promoting food system is one that guarantees food and nutrition security – that is, the uninterrupted delivery of sufficient energy and micro-nutrients for all peoples to lead a healthy and productive life – while promoting the health of the environment so that future generations can be guaranteed their food security. This is a ‘bio-nutrition-sensitive’ food system as opposed to a food yield driven system that operates regardless of health and environmental impacts.

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