A food “lifeboat”: food and nutrition considerations in the event of a pandemic or other catastrophe

Anna Haug, Jennie C Brand-Miller, Olav A Christophersen, Jennifer McArthur, Flavia Fayet and Stewart Truswell
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01471.x
Published online: 3 December 2007

Large catastrophes have caused the collapse of empires and civilisations.1 Science and knowledge may help prevent some catastrophes, but urbanisation and narrowly concentrated food supplies, climate change and terrorism contribute to considerable risk. Viruses responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and avian influenza A (H5N1) or “bird flu” are among the most immediately identifiable risks. The World Health Organization has stated that the risk scenario associated with an outbreak of pandemic H5N1 influenza should be considered more serious than was previously assumed.2

  • Anna Haug1
  • Jennie C Brand-Miller1
  • Olav A Christophersen2
  • Jennifer McArthur4
  • Flavia Fayet1
  • Stewart Truswell1

  • 1 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Ragnhild Schibbyes, Oslo, Norway.

Competing interests:

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