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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Advancing health promoting food systems. International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Dixon J. (2015)

"Beyond sustainability and justice, food sovereignty also requires that our food systems provide "sufficient amounts of healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food." Human health is a requisite of our food and actually intricately connected with an agroecological or environmentally sustainable food system. By its very nature, an agroecological or sustainable food system will be healthy for humans, just as industrial food systems will be unhealthy. "" Maria Whittaker

Via Dr. Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.


Dixon, J. (2015) IUHPE Position Paper: Advancing health promoting food systems. International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Saint-Denis, France.


http://www.iuhpe.org/images/IUHPE/officialstatements/IUHPE_Food_Systems_Position_Paper.pdf

ABOUT THIS PAPER This position paper on food systems and health promotion provides background evidence and information to guide the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Executive Board and membership as they play a role in addressing one of the more critical political, social, health and environmental problems of the 21st century: the capacity to provide a healthy and sustainable diet to a growing population in an increasingly resource constrained bio-physical environment. IUHPE and its partners, in particular, Health Promotion Switzerland, had already made a solid contribution to the debate through an earlier White Paper entitled: The Food System: a prism of present and future challenges for health promotion and sustainable development (Kickbusch 2010). That paper adopted an eco-system perspective: a model for understanding the interrelationships between environmental conditions, food supply issues, diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and health equity. The White Paper framed healthy food system dynamics through a health promotion and sustainable development lens, arguing that ‘in many cases, the best choices for health are also the best choices for the planet; and the most ethical and environmental choices are also good for health’ (Kickbusch 2010, p.7). In early 2013 Prof Jane Dixon was asked by the IUHPE Executive Board to develop a position paper on food systems and health promotion. This draft paper was subsequently discussed in a Workshop convened by Prof Dixon, Vivian Lin and Trevor Shilton during the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion held in Pattaya, Thailand, in August 2013. Based on feedback Prof Dixon produced a version that was approved by the IUHPE Board in 2014. This subsequent update was approved by the Executive Board in December 2015. In brief, the position paper argues that food security cannot be addressed within the food system alone. The production, trade, retailing, advertising and consumption of food is the outcome of what also happens within the human security and development systems which govern household incomes/employment opportunities, education, health care, housing, gender relations, exposure to crime, resource conflicts and environmental hazards. Thus, food security needs to be reframed as a feature of national human security and development policies in all countries, whether high, medium or low income. The author would like to acknowledge substantial inputs from the following: Professor Vivian Lin and Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton, IUHPE Participants at an open session of the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, 25 August 2013 Chad Foulkes and Katherine Cust, Geelong City Council, Victoria, Australia Geoff Tansey, Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World:- Working for a fair and sustainable food system, & Member and Trustee, Food Ethics Council, UK Dr Corinna Hawkes, World Cancer Research Fund International A roundtable discussion with the Leverhulme Centre on Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health Research (LCIRAH), London, 9 October 2013; additional input from Dr Helen Walls, LCIRAH and the Australian National University Dr Claire Blanchard, Civil Society Network, Save the Children, UK. Cite as: Dixon, J. (2015) IUHPE Position Paper: Advancing health promoting food systems. International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Saint-Denis, France.

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