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At the crossroads: new paradigms of food security, public health nutrition and school food

Ashe, Leah M. and Sonnino, Roberta 2013. At the crossroads: new paradigms of food security, public health nutrition and school food. Public Health Nutrition 16 (6) , pp. 1020-1027. 10.1017/S1368980012004326

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Abstract

Public health nutrition sits at the nexus of a global crisis in food, environmental and health systems that has generated – along with numerous other problems – an urgent and changing problem of food insecurity. The ‘new’ food insecurity, however, is different from the old: it is bimodal, encompassing issues of both under- and over-consumption, hunger and obesity, quantity and quality; it has assumed a decidedly urban dimension; and it implicates rich and poor countries alike. The complexity of the expressions of this challenge requires new approaches to public health nutrition and food policy that privilege systemic, structural and environmental factors over individual and mechanistic ones. In this context, the current paper argues that school food systems rise with buoyant potential as promising intervention sites: they are poised to address both modes of the food security crisis; integrate systemic, structural and environmental with behavioural approaches; and comprise far-reaching, system-wide efforts that influence the wider functioning of the food system. Based on a discussion of Bogota´ and other pioneering policies that explicitly aim to create a broader food system with longterm foundations for good public health and food security, the paper suggests a new research and action agenda that gives special attention to school food in urban contexts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (CPLAN)
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1368-9800/ (accessed 24/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1368-9800
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47946

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