Sustainable Food Systems for Planetary Health
Even though rates of food production have risen faster than population growth, the number of people affected by malnutrition are at their highest ever. More than 820 million people are still hungry, 2 billion people are overweight or obese, and 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.
Ultimately, the challenges facing our food system are only likely to intensify in the coming years with the growing climate crisis, demographic changes and the pressure of diet-related ill health on healthcare systems and society more broadly.
Our Way of Food
The term foodways is used to describe our way of life in relation to food, or rather, our way of food. Our foodways are the shared values, beliefs, attitudes and practices that separate and unite us; shaping everything we understand about food and what it means to us.
From which foods are hunted, gathered or produced and in what way, right through to how foods are prepared and consumed. Our foodways are dynamic, changing over time and place, person to person, community to community.
B.Sc., Dietetics (first class), M.Sc., Food Policy (distinction)
Vanessa is a public health nutritionist, food system expert, network weaver, and facilitator with extensive experience working across sectors to co-create a better food system. In her roles with some of the world’s largest food businesses, she has led the charge on developing, implementing and evaluating initiatives that genuinely make a positive impact on population health outcomes.
Vanessa’s recent pro bono work includes leading Australia’s reformulation efforts at a Federal Government level as part of the Healthy Food Partnership. She was also an independent member of the Health Star Rating Advisory Committee.
Vanessa has specialist interests in behavioural economics, behaviour change, and sustainable foodways. Her expertise in maternal, infant and child nutrition has recently led to her award-winning first book with Murdoch Books – Real Food for Babies and Toddlers – containing over 80 whole food recipes, and a wealth of evidence-based information, geared at fostering a lifelong love of real food in children.