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Implementing the right to food in Australia

Lindberg, R., Caraher, M. & Wingrove, K. (2016). Implementing the right to food in Australia. Victorian Journal of Home Economics, 55(2), pp. 25-29.


The idea of universal human rights is a powerful one. It says that every person, whe rever they are born and regardless of their background, income, race, gender or any other social status, is entitled to the enjoyment of certain inalienable and fundamental rights. In this paper we describe the international context that enshrines the human right to adequate food and then explore whether and how this is fulfilled in contemporary Australia, in light of ongoing food insecurity. A case study of an emerging non-government organ isation called the Right to Food Coalition is provided to illustrate how members of civil society are attempting to use international law and human rights frameworks to improve accountability and action on food insecurity in Australia. We then discuss how teachers may wish to address some of the issues raised in this paper via the new Victorian Food Studies curriculum.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Home Economics Victoria.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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