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Pressure to address costs of fresh food in remote communities

Public health experts and respected community members have added their voices to those of researchers who have recently been highlighting the plight of remote communities and their lack of affordable fresh produce.

At the recent Congress Lowitja conference, global health campaigner Alessandro Demaio noted that Australia wouldn't be able to address the rising obesity levels, or the health disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, when remote communities have to pay extreme amounts for fresh produce.

Kimberley State parliamentarian and Kija Elder, Josie Farrer, also voiced concern about the high costs of rural and remote living. She noted that Indigenous families were being disproportionately hit by the high costs of food, and that disadvantage and poor health were being compounded by an inability to afford healthy and nutritious food.

Source: Crikey Health Blog, National Indigenous Times

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Last updated: 25 March 2014
 
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