Australia’s dietary guidelines and the environmental impact of food “from paddock to plate”

Manny Noakes, Bradley G Ridoutt, Gilly Hendrie and Brian A Keating
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10193
Published online: 7 October 2013

To the Editor: We agree with Selvey and Carey1 that minimising the environmental impact of the food supply chain is vital. However, we disagree with recommendations that target some food categories. Variation in environmental footprint within a food category can be more important than the variation between categories.2

  • Manny Noakes1
  • Bradley G Ridoutt2
  • Gilly Hendrie1
  • Brian A Keating3

  • 1 Division of Animal, Food and Health Sciences, CSIRO, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Division of Animal, Food and Health Sciences, CSIRO, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, CSIRO, Brisbane, QLD.


Competing interests:

Manny Noakes has undertaken research funded by Meat and Livestock Australia, the Australian Egg Corporation and the Dairy Health and Nutrition Consortium, and research on the metabolic and environmental impact of dietary patterns high in protein; she is a coauthor of the CSIRO total wellbeing diet. Bradley Riddout has undertaken research for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Meat and Livestock Australia.


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