Developing Australia’s National Food Plan

According to Diabetes Australia CEO Lewis Kaplan, there is a food policy paradox currently in play. Namely, ‘you’re not allowed to sell food that makes you sick in the short term, but you are allowed to sell food that makes you sick in the long term’.

“It’s an interesting dichotomy,” he says.

Now, Diabetes Australia is involved in a push to change this ‘inconsistency’. The organisation argues that it is the responsibility of the government to create an environment that encourages healthier food choices. In fact, Diabetes Australia and 277 other organisations, including the Heart Foundation and the Obesity Policy Coalition, have written recent submissions to assist the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in developing Australia’s first ever National Food Plan. 

The seven proposed objectives of the food plan aim to address the need for improved food security, economic