Updated version of WCRF’s policy framework to promote healthy diets & reduce obesity
The World Cancer Research Fund International has created the NOURISHING policy database which has now been updated and holds 390 policy actions from 125 countries, and 70 evaluations.
Included in the current update are 36 new and 12 updated policies including three very recent policy actions which have come into effect beginning of 2017: Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax, France’s ban of free soda refills and Ontario’s calorie labelling on menus in chain restaurants (Healthy Menu Choices Act). Process and impact evaluations are continuously being to the database, and 39 evaluations are included with this update.
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.