Governing Food Labelling: The Case of ‘Free Range’ Animal Products in Australia

Description: The food label has become an important site of contestation and controversy with respect to a range of health, safety, environmental and ethical issues across the food system. This project will examine the regulation of food labeling in Australia through a focus on free range labelled eggs and animal products. It will shed light on the dynamics of how a network of food producers, retailers, private certification organisations, and regulatory agencies are responding to changing demands for ethical and quality foods. The project will develop new strategies for a more effective, legitimate and stakeholder-inclusive approach to regulating food labels.

  • Chief Investigators: Prof. Christine Parker (Law) and Dr Gyorgy Scrinis (FVAS).
  • Research Fellow: Dr Rachel Carey (FVAS).
  • Funding: ARC Discovery Grant (2015-2017).
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Ultraprocessed food consumption, nutritional profile of diet and obesity in seven countries

Description: This project will study of food consumption patterns and health outcomes in seven countries - (Brazil, Chile, Columbia, United States, Canada, U.K, & Australia.

  • Investigators: Monteiro, C. (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil), Jaime, P., Levy, R. Co-Investigators: De Barros, A., Martins, A., Horta, B., Corvalan, C., Azeredo, C., Millett, C., Canella, D., Gigante, D., Parra, D., Scrinis, G., Santos, I., Moubarac, J.C., Batal, M., Reyes, M., Assuncao, M., Benicio, M., Claro, F., Uauy, R., De Vogli, R.
  • Funding: FAPESP Project Grant (2016-2021) - (Brazil)

Strengthening the Evidence Foundation for Public Health Guidelines

Description: This project will measure the influence of bias at all stages in nutrition research in order to improve the evaluation of this research and the evidence base for dietary guidance.

  • Chief Investigators: Lisa Bero (University of Sydney), Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Mark Lawrence, Gyorgy Scrinis, Joanne McKenzie, Fabian Helf, Tim Gill, Louise Baur, Marion Nestle (NYU), David Raubenheimer.
  • Funding: NHMRC Project Grant 2018-2020

Foodprint Melbourne: Roadmap for a resilient city foodbowl

Description: This project aims to strengthen the resilience of Melbourne’s city fringe foodbowl and contribute to the city’s long term food security in the face of pressures from climate change and declining supplies of the natural resources that underpin food production. The project team will collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders to develop a shared vision for a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl and a roadmap of potential strategies to achieve this vision. This is the second stage of the Foodprint Melbourne project. It builds on the evidence base generated during the first stage of the project about the importance of fresh food production on Melbourne’s fringe to the city’s future food security. Foodprint Melbourne is a cross-faculty research project in conjunction with researchers Jen Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Project partners include the City of Melbourne, the Interface Councils, the Peri-Urban Group of Rural Councils, Wyndham City, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Cardinia Shire and Lead West.

  • Chief investigator: Dr Rachel Carey
  • Funding: Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (2017 – 2019)

Teaching Foodprint Melbourne

Description: This project will make the findings of the Foodprint Melbourne research available to geography teachers and students in secondary schools. The Foodprint Melbourne research team is working with the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria to develop a set of curriculum resources based on the project findings to support teaching of Biomes and food security, a Year 9 Geography unit in the Australian and Victorian curriculum. The resources include student worksheets, data sets, infographics, GIS maps and videos.  

  • Chief investigator: Dr Rachel Carey
  • Funding: Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (2017 – 2018)

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