Obesity's increasing prevalence is of concern because of its impacts on the population health and its associated costs. To promote healthy public policies, this scientific advisory documents the influence of economy-based agri-food policies that can affect the population's diet and weight. To this end, the following economic measures are reviewed: agricultural subsidies, trade policies, agricultural research and development programs, agricultural promotion programs, agricultural initiatives to supply institutions such as agricultural surplus and Farm-to-School programs and, lastly, price interventions.
In light of the information compiled, this scientific advisory identifies three promising avenues for interventions to guide agri-food policies:
- Increase the number of farmer's market offering fruits and vegetables, especially in disadvantaged areas
- Develop processing policies that correspond to public health objectives
- Develop school programs that offer fruits or vegetables and milk
Le document intégral est également disponible : L'influence des politiques agroalimentaires à caractère économique sur l'alimentation et le poids.