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released: 17 Jul 2012 author: AIHW media release

Australia's food & nutrition 2012 highlights the key components of the food and nutrition system. It describes the system from 'paddock to plate' and how food choices affect our health and the environment. Did you know: * Australia produces enough food to feed 60 million people. * More than 9 in 10 people aged 16 and over do not consume sufficient serves of vegetables. * One in 4 children have an unhealthy body weight and 6 in 10 adults are overweight or obese. * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural and remote Australians and socioeconomically disadvantaged people are more at risk of diet-related chronic disease than other Australians.

ISBN 978-1-74249-323-7; Cat. no. PHE 163; 250pp.; $95.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
  • Body section
    • Introduction
    • 1 People and their environment
    • 2 The global food system
    • 3 The policy environment
    • 4 Food production
    • 5 Food selection
    • 6 Food waste
    • 7 Food and nutrient intakes
    • 8 Nutritional status and health
    • 9 Monitoring and surveillance
  • End matter
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes and corrections 

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (5 Sept 2012) Amendments have been made to statements on pages 58 and 67.
    The statement on page 58 which reads: “The beef industry is Australia’s largest agricultural commercial activity, followed by the broadacre (cropping) industry and the dairy industry.” has been amended to: “In terms of the value of food production, meat is the largest agricultural industry, followed by grains and oil seeds, and fruit and vegetables.”

    The statement on page 67 that reads: “Despite this, smaller farms (such as egg and poultry meat industries that occupy smaller amounts of land) continue to dominate output.” has been amended to: “Despite this, small farms are more common.”

    •  Previous version - Australia's food & nutrition 2012 (16MB PDF)

  2. (30 June 2017) A correction has been made on page 128. It was previously reported that total municipal food waste “equates to about 261 kilograms of food waste per person per year”. This has been corrected and now states that total municipal food waste “equates to about 361 kilograms of food waster per person per year”.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Australia's food and nutrition 2012. Cat. no. PHE 163. Canberra: AIHW.

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