Food policy strategies to improve population diets: Mind the evidence gap

food policy

For most of human history including much of the 20th century, insufficient food was the greatest nutritional challenge. To tackle this, governments sought to stimulate the production and distribution of inexpensive food, staple commodities, and shelf-stable ultraprocessed products. Despite the rise in diet-related chronic diseases and associated costs, government policies continue to emphasise agricultural production, industry support, economics, and trade.

Please join us on Tuesday 7th December 2021 for a presentation on Zoom at 12.30pm. as Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu summarises evidence-informed food policy strategies to improve population diets, focusing particularly on nutrition labelling, taxes, and food reformulation/salt reduction programmes. In New Zealand, the gap between the evidence and nutrition policy in all three areas is stark.


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Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu directs a programme of research in public health nutrition and population dietary interventions. Her main research interests are nutrition labelling, food pricing, healthy and sustainable diets, and technologies to support dietary change.