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Food is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, so it is important we have a good understanding of where our food comes from, what we eat, where we eat and what factors affect our food choices. Australia’s food and nutrition 2012 looks at how our food gets from paddock to plate and how our food choices affect our health and our environment.

graphic showing  30% more expensive

30% more expensive

to buy basic nutritious foods in rural and remote areas.

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main fruit crops produced in Australia are oranges, apples and bananas.

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1 in 20

Australians are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian.

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4 out of 5

evening meals a week are home-cooked.

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3+ hours

of TV per day means kids are twice as likely to be obese.

graphic showing $237 spent on food per week


is spent on food and beverages on average per household each week.

graphic showing 1 in 4 adults, 1 in 12 children were obese in 2007-08

1 in 4 adults

and 1 in 12 children aged 5 to 17 were obese in 2007–08.

graphic showing 261kg of food waste per year


of food waste is produced per person, each year.