The Australian food system is complex and dynamic. Change can have important ramifications for regional development, employment, trade, public health nutrition and Australia’s role in the global food system.
This study is the second in a series comparing food intake scenarios to 2050 with projections for Australian agricultural production. The research takes a systems perspective, considering the processes that occur in transforming farm-gate commodities into foods actually eaten, as well as supply chain and kitchen losses. It also takes a nutritional perspective, being structured around the major dietary food groups.
The first study (RIRDC Publication No. 14/073) was based on Australian food intake data for 1995/1996. The second assessment, now being reported, utilizes Australian food intake data for 2011/2012 collected as part of the Australian Health Survey. Changes in the Australian food system are evaluated and nutritional sufficiency projections to 2050 are revised.