I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about the Greens’ food policies here in recent months. Mostly when I do it is about the consumer rights to know and choose, the economic and environmental impacts of multinational industrial food versus locally grown and produced, and the need for people to have access to affordable safe food. But the other issue of course, is health. A good food policy is the key plank of a good healthcare policy. While we can talk waiting lists, hospital extensions, Pharmac and DHBs, the things that are actually going to have the most impact are much closer to home. Such as for example this story from the Guardian asking if broccoli can cure cancer:
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and cabbage contain a group of phytochemicals that seem to have cancer-preventing properties. One recent study found that these substances could enhance DNA repair in cells. Another found that men who ate one daily portion of broccoli had altered patterns of gene activity in their prostates. However, it was a small study and more research is needed before anyone can say that eating broccoli lowers your chances of prostate cancer.
I don’t want to push this barrow further than it deserves, because as the story itself notes, we are not talking about miracle cures here, just proof of the self evident – that our diet affects our health. But given it is self evidently true surely it is worth investing some government more time and money into making sure everyone has the ability and choice to eat healthy fresh food.
Credit for photo of sexy broccoli – SMN