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Eating for human and planetary health involves more than putting the right foods on our plate

Transformation of our food system is critical to nourish future generations within planetary boundaries. The relationship between our food system and climate change is bi-directional. Increasing temperatures, drought and salinity are disrupting the supply of fresh, healthy food. At the same time, by-products from our food system such as green-house gas emissions, food waste and land and water usage are catalysing climate change.  While some countries, such as the UK and Denmark, are leading action to mitigate the effects of climate change, others are slow on the uptake. The Medical Journal of Australia’s Lancet Countdown report (1) advised that Australians are already dying due to the health impacts of climate change (e.g. climate-fuelled weather events, food, water and vector-borne pathogens and air pollution). Our Federal Government’s refusal to join State and Territory leaders in committing to a net-zero emissions target by 2050 is forcing citizens to take matters into their own han

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