Public, Private Sector Must Work In Partnership To Ensure Healthy Food Available, Affordable, Accessible

News Deeply: Harnessing Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Diets
Sir John Beddington, senior adviser to the Oxford Martin School, professor at Oxford University, and co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

“Public-sector actions alone will not be enough to effect the level of change necessary to address the systemic flaws within the food system that make healthy diets unavailable, unaffordable, or inaccessible for too many people around the world. … [T]he food industry needs to do more to support public health goals by facilitating the supply, marketing, processing, and retail of a diversity of nutrient-rich foods at accessible prices. … With the right mix of incentives to promote confidence in companies to take the necessary risks in investing in safer and more nutritious foods, and with policy that regulates the production and consumption of ultra-processed foods, the private sector can profit from healthier diets. … The considerable collective expertise of Global Panel members is calling on the public and private sectors to move forward together, in partnership, to shift the balance in favor of food and food products that are more nutritious, affordable, and accessible. This dialogue must be free from subjective bias, serving both social and economic needs. Together we can get the ‘win-win’ we all so desire” (5/10).

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