Increasing vegetable consumption

Analysis

The impact of increasing vegetable consumption on health expenditure

A case for change

Deloitte Access Economics has modelled the impact that increased vegetable consumption would have on reducing government health expenditure, and the returns to producers as a result of the increased consumption.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has estimated that approximately 93% of Australian adults do not meet the recommended 5 serves of vegetables per day. Overall, the average Australian eats 2.3 serves of vegetables per day, which is less than half the recommended amount. There is also a marked difference in consumption between men and women with only 3.8% of males consuming adequate vegetables compared to 10.2% of females.

Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia to model the impact that increased vegetable consumption would have on reducing government health expenditure and the returns to producers as a result of the increased consumption. This report is intended to provide a ‘case for change’ for increasing the level of vegetable consumption in Australia.

The impact of increasing vegetable consumption on health expenditure
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