The Economics of Food, Health and Nutrition: International Comparisons, Analysis, and Roles for Government

February 2011 Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.

Issues surrounding food, health and nutrition are gaining in prominence – reports of an ‘obesity epidemic’ appear with increasing frequency. The agricultural and natural resource sectors play a key role in contributing to food, health and nutrition outcomes. Changes in agricultural productivity, the production of new foods, such as functional foods, and shifts in consumer preferences pose new challenges for public policy.

This workshop explored the economics of agricultural and food policies and associated health outcomes. Presentations from international and Australian experts addressed subjects encompassing food and agricultural policy, the economics of obesity, and food labelling and consumer behaviour.