Today, Cosmos journalist Matilda Handsley-Davis talks to Luke Williams. Luke is a proud descendant of the Gumbaynggirr people of northern NSW. He is currently completing his PhD project at RMIT University, and this project involves assessing the dietary safety of a range of native Australian foods, including traditional Aboriginal foods. He is also exploring how food regulatory frameworks can better accommodate the traditional knowledge held by First Nations people into the overall risk assessment of traditional food products that are being developed for commercial markets.
As part of his PhD research, Luke is actively bringing together the research sector and the national food regulatory body, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) with a range of First Nations stakeholders. The ultimate goal of Luke’s research is to facilitate First Nations food sovereignty through an Indigenous-led native foods industry.
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