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Appendix to the Australian Dietary Guidelines: Dietary Guidelines through an environmental lens submission

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I support the inclusion of this appendix to the Australian Dietary Guidelines.  As a Dietitian, I would use this appendix to guide my practice to ensure that the recommendations that I am providing consider the environtal impact of the food system.  As indicated in the appendix, there is an undeniable environmental impact of the food system.  At an individual level, we can all make a difference to ensure that the food we eat is environmentally sustainable.  By including this acknowledgement in the Guidelines ensures that this importance is recognise, and that we have evidence based information to Guide our food choices.

Additionally, I support the recommendations of the Dietitians Association of Australia Food and Environment Interest Group.  I recommend the addition of Environmental Sustainability as an additional guideline, which provides advice on evidence-based food choices and behaviours that members of the public can follow to reduce carbon emissions and that genuinely supports personal and planetary wellbeing (PHAA 2011).

Suggested wording of new sustainability guideline:

Guideline 6: Consider your food buying, storage, preparation and disposal practices in order to minimise food wastage and limit energy use; minimise and recycle food packaging and reduce your carbon emissions.

I also recommend underlining the importance of sustainable food choices within existing guidelines.  Example of Suggested wording changes in 2 of the existing guidelines (additions in italics):

Guideline 1: Eat a wide range of nutrition foods from these five groups every day:

  • lean meat and poultry, fish (sustainable species), eggs, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  • …. And drink water (preferably from the tap).

Guideline 4: Encourage and support breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding is an environmentally-friendly choice

Page reviewed: 4 February, 2013