‘Triple challenge’ to impact food security for all

A new report published by Public Health Wales highlights how the combined influences of Brexit, Coronavirus and climate change will potentially impact all of us through the food that we are able to buy.

Liz Green, Consultant in Public Health, Policy and International Health at Public Health Wales, said: “Food security is an important determinant of health and wellbeing at both a national population level, but also at an individual and community level.

“The whole population is affected by food security to some degree but vulnerable population groups will be particularly impacted negatively including those on low incomes, women, families with children, farmers, fishers and those who live in areas of deprivation.

“The Triple Challenge has already, and will continue to have, major, multifaceted and inequitable impacts on population groups across Wales which has highlighted the need to address this issue and explore it in more depth. The three core pillars of food security comprise of availability, access and utilisation of food.”

The paper forms part of a series of reports that highlight how this ‘triple challenge’ will have direct and indirect impacts on the health and wellbeing of the population and how the current point in time presents a window of opportunity to strengthen public health messaging around health behaviours with the increased profile of that Coronavirus has put on health and wellbeing for us all.

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