Integrating agriculture and food policy to achieve sustainable peri-urban fruit and vegetable production in Victoria, Australia

Carey, Rachel, Krumholz, Fanny, Duignan, Kena, McConell, Kathy, Browne, Jessica L., Burns, Catherine and Lawrence, Mark 2011, Integrating agriculture and food policy to achieve sustainable peri-urban fruit and vegetable production in Victoria, Australia, Journal of agriculture, food systems and community development, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 181-195.

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Title Integrating agriculture and food policy to achieve sustainable peri-urban fruit and vegetable production in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Carey, Rachel
Krumholz, Fanny
Duignan, Kena
McConell, Kathy
Browne, Jessica L.
Burns, Catherine
Lawrence, Mark
Journal name Journal of agriculture, food systems and community development
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 181
End page 195
Total pages 15
Publisher New Leaf Associates, Inc.
Place of publication Ithaca, N.Y.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 2152-0801
Keyword(s) peri-urban agriculture
food policy
land use
zoning
Victoria
Australia
Summary Efforts to increase fruit and vegetable consump­tion are a significant aspect of national approaches to preventive health. However, policy frameworks for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption rarely take an integrated food-systems approach that includes a focus on production. In this policy analysis and commentary we examine fruit and vegetable production in peri-urban areas of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, and highlight the significance of emerging environmental and eco­nomic pressures on fruit and vegetable production. This examination will be of interest to other locations around the world also experiencing pressure on their peri-urban agriculture. These pressures suggest that the availability and afforda­bility of fruit and vegetable supplies cannot be taken for granted, and that future initiatives to increase fruit and vegetable consumption should include a focus on sustainable production. Threats to production that include environmental pressures, together with the loss and cost of peri-urban agri­cultural land and a cost-price squeeze due to rising input costs and low farm-gate prices, act in combi­nation to threaten the viability of the Victorian fruit and vegetable industries. We pro­pose that policy initiatives to increase fruit and vegetable consumption should include measures to address the pressures facing production, and that the most effective policy responses are likely to be integrated approaches that aim to increase fruit and vegetable availability and affordability through innovative solutions to problems of production and distribu­tion. Some brief examples of potential integrated policy solutions are identified to illu­strate the possibilities and stimulate discussion.
Language eng
Field of Research 160508 Health Policy
111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 960708 Urban Land Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, New Leaf Associates
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041117

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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