Sustainable food

Sustainable food

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environmental Audit Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215045009

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

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Obesity and diet related illness is on the increase, fewer young people are being taught how to cook or grow food, and advertisers are targeting kids with junk food ads. At the same time the world faces growing fears about food security as the global population increases, more people eat meat and dairy, and the climate destabilises as a result of forest destruction and fossil fuel use. The Committee, in summary, recommends: stricter advertising limits on junk food marketing; food skills, such as cooking and gardening, should be part of the curriculum in all schools; new national planning policy guidance for Local Authorities should ensure communities have access to healthy food and land to grow their own produce; Government Buying Standards for food must be improved on meat and dairy and extended to cover hospitals, prisons and schools; the Office of Fair Trading's remit should be amended so supermarkets are not blocked from cooperating on sustainability initiatives; and the scope for simple and consistent labelling on the sustainability of food products should be examined. The report warns that there is no overarching food strategy in place. Defra's 'Green Food Project' due in June examines only part of the food system and the focus on 'sustainable intensification' risks ignoring wider social and health implications. The UK does not currently have the basic science base to deliver more sustainable food and relying on markets to identify and to direct where the research is needed is likely to fail. An independent body to research GM crops and their impacts should also be established

Civic Engagement in Food System Governance

Civic Engagement in Food System Governance

Author: Alan R. Hunt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317497981

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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The local food movement is one of the most active of current civil engagement social movements. This work presents primary evidence from over 900 documents, interviews, and participant observations, and provides the first descriptive history of local food movement national policy achievements in the US, from 1976 to 2013, and in the UK, from 1991 to 2013, together with reviews of both the American and British local food movements. It provides a US-UK comparative context, significantly updating earlier comparisons of American, British and European farm and rural policies. The comparative perspective shows that, over time, more effective strategies for national policy change required social-movement building strategies, such as collaborative policy coalitions, capacity-building for smaller organizations, and policy entrepreneurship for joining together separate rural, farming, food, and health interests. In contrast, narrowly-defined single issue campaigns often undermined long-term policy change, even if short-term wins emerged. By profiling interviews of American and English movement leaders, policymakers, and funders, the book demonstrates that democratic participation in food policy is best supported when funders incentivize groups to work together and overcome their differences.

Sustaining Local Food Webs

Sustaining Local Food Webs

Author: Ben Murphy

Publisher: Practical Action

ISBN: 1853398810

Category: Food chains (Ecology)

Page: 84

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Local production provides food for more than 70 per cent of the world's population and secures a livelihood for well over 2 billion. In local food webs the distance between producer and consumer is geographically and culturally short - with food and labour shared between families, neighbours, villages, and towns. Control over the whole process of producing and providing nutritious food is held at the level of small-scale food providers, enabling them to produce the food needed by their families and communities, with surpluses for urban areas and wider markets, while making viable livelihoods from their labour and protecting their local environment. These food webs are productive, resilient and healthy, connecting food providers and consumers locally. They are efficient in terms of food provision when compared with the long chains that deliver the commodities produced by unsustainable industrial agriculture to distant consumers. Local food webs need protection, increased investment and support. This report captures the compelling rationale for local food webs. It sets out to demonstrate the value and challenges of local, resilient, biodiverse and productive food systems that would benefit from greater support and compliant policies. It uses examples from five countries across Africa and Europe, yet has relevance across all continents, demonstrating how productive local food systems can improve small-scale family farming and reduce hunger, in contrast to industrial agricultural systems. The report has been prepared and published with resources from the campaign europAfrica: towards food sovereignty, a coalition of European civil society organisations and African farmers' regional networks working together for mutually supportive and sustainable food systems in Europe and Africa that help realise food sovereignty.

The Food Chain

The Food Chain

Author: Barbara Krasner

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534503939

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 176

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Globalization has impacted many aspects of life, and the food chain is no exception. Approximately one-quarter of America's food supply is imported, and while food production and manufacturing companies financially benefit from sourcing food from other countries, regulating these food sources becomes increasingly difficult. How does food regulation and inspection differ between countries? What can be done to ensure food imported from other countries is safe for consumption, and how can we make sure people involved in the food production process around the world are treated ethically? Readers will explore the many considerations affecting the global food chain.

Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Change

Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Change

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Publisher: Rural Development Institute

ISBN: 9781895397819

Category: Agriculture and state

Page: 505

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"This book focuses on three multi-faceted aspects of rural sustainability: farms and farming, the remaking of rural communities and rural spaces, and policy and action in rural development. The research is focused on three global regions: North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Australia."--back cover.

Towards Sustainable Global Food Systems

Towards Sustainable Global Food Systems

Author: Ruerd Ruben

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783038978145

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 356

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One of the major knowledge challenges in the domain of Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems refers to the integration of perspectives on consumption, patterns that support public health, inclusive value chains, and environmentally sustainable food production. While there is a long record of the analysis of separate interventions, this special issue generates integrated insights, provides cross-cutting perspectives, and outlines practical and policy solutions that address these global challenges.The collection of papers promotes the view that sustainable food systems require thorough insights into the structure and dynamics of agri-food production systems, the drivers for integrating food value chains and markets, and key incentives for supporting healthier consumer choices. On the production side, potential linkages between agricultural commercialization and intensification and their effects for food security and nutritional outcomes are analyzed. Value Chains are assessed for their contribution to improving exchange networks and markets for food products that simultaneously support efficiency, circularity, and responsiveness. Individual motives and market structures for food consumption need to be understood in order to be able to outline suitable incentives to enhance healthy dietary choice.The contributed papers focus on interfaces between food system activities and processes of adaptive change that are critical for overcoming key constraints and trade-offs between sustainable food and healthy diets.

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems

Author: Alison Blay-Palmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317118633

Category: Science

Page: 264

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What defines a sustainable food system? How can it be more inclusive? How do local and global scales interact and how does power flow within food systems? How to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to realizing sustainable food systems? And how to activate change? These questions are considered by EU and North American academics and practitioners in this book. Using a wide range of case studies, it provides a critical overview, showing how and where theory and practice can converge to produce more sustainable food systems.

Sustainable Food Chains and Ecosystems

Sustainable Food Chains and Ecosystems

Author: Konstantinos Mattas

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030396091

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 153

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Unarguably, preserving the ecosystem, securing sustainability and understanding the dynamics of agro-food chains have all become vital policy objectives with several interlinked dimensions. The main objectives of this book are to draw the attention of researchers, policymakers and businesspeople to the relation between agro-food chains and the ecosystem, and to demonstrate the importance of building resilient agro-food chains that take into account climate change and environmental challenges. Agro-food chains as they function today can serve as powerful tools for promoting sustainable forms of agriculture, consumption and production that are embedded in a viable ecosystem. The book addresses a range of environmental, methodological and societal issues from a transaction perspective, while also providing extensive background information on the topic, and outlining future applications and research directions.

Enabling sustainable food systems

Enabling sustainable food systems

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN: 9789251329900

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 260

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Sustainable food systems are fundamental to ensuring that future generations are food secure and eat healthy diets. To transition towards sustainability, many food system activities must be reconstructed, and myriad actors around the world are starting to act locally. While some changes are easier than others, knowing how to navigate through them to promote sustainable consumption and production practices requires complex skill sets. This handbook is written for “sustainable food systems innovators” by a group of innovators from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe who are leading initiatives to grow, share, sell and consume more sustainable foods in their local contexts. It includes experiences that are changing the organizational structures of local food systems to make them more sustainable. The handbook is organized as a “choose your own adventure” story where each reader – individually or in a facilitated group – can develop their own personalized learning and action journeys according to their priorities. The topics included in this handbook are arranged into four categories of innovations: engaging consumers, producing sustainably, getting products to market and getting organized.

Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food

Author: Elise McDonough

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603582483

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 96

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Wondering whether it’s worth it to splurge on the locally raised beef? What about those organic carrots? New in the Chelsea Green Guides series, Sustainable Food: How to Buy Right and Spend Less helps the average shopper navigate the choices, whether strolling the aisles of a modern supermarket or foraging at a local farmers market. This down-to-earth, casual guide—small enough to be slipped into your pocket—answers these and other questions for the shopper: What are the differences among organic, local, fair-trade, free-range, naturally raised, and biodynamic foods? How affordable is it to subscribe to a CSA farm—and what are the advantages? Is it better to choose wild Alaskan salmon at $18.99, or the Chilean farmed fish at $11.99? What cooking oils can be sustainably sourced? How can a food co-op increase access to, and affordability of, healthier, Earth-friendly foods? Where can you find sustainably produced sugar, and are there any local replacements for sweeteners from faraway lands? What do the distinctions between shade-grown and trellised coffee mean? Is shark okay to eat? How about mackerel? Why is the war on plastic bags so important? Sustainable eating just got easier.

Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain

Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain

Author: Hans Meliczek

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736941915

Category: Social Science

Page: 142

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As a contribution to the ongoing discussion on world food security the International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture (ISSDA) organized in Goettingen, Germany from 1 to 3 December 2011 an International Seminar on Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain: From the Producer to the Consumer. This book is based on the research findings presented at the seminar. It was attended by scientists from 16 countries. Their contributions cover a wide range of subjects such as technologies for sustainable wheat production in India, genetic options for wheat production and phosphorus uptake of wheat as well as more general topics such as organic farming in Benin, life cycle assessment of pork production in South Africa, safe drinking water for the poor, food quality control in Germany, gender equality in Timor-Leste, rice export from Pakistan, improved minerals bioavailability through phytate degradation, vegetable supply chain in Indonesia and contributions of plant and animal breeders for sustainable agriculture. One paper reviews the food security situation in Germany in intervals of 30 years from 1864 to 2014 with a perspective to 2044 and 2074. The geographical areas covered by the papers extend from Benin, Germany, India, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Pakistan to South Africa.

Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice

Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice

Author: André Viljoen

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers

ISBN: 9789086861873

Category: Social Science

Page: 600

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With over half the world's population now deemed to be urbanised, cities are assuming a larger role in political debates about the security and sustainability of the global food system. Hence, planning for sustainable food production and consumption is becoming an increasingly important issue for planners, policymakers, designers, farmers, suppliers, activists, business and scientists alike. The rapid growth of the food planning movement owes much to the fact that food, because of its unique, multi-functional character, helps to bring people together from all walks of life. In the wider contexts of global climate change, resource depletion, a burgeoning world population, competing food production systems and diet-related public health concerns, new paradigms for urban and regional planning capable of supporting sustainable and equitable food systems are urgently needed. This book addresses this urgent need. By working at a range of scales and with a variety of practical and theoretical models, this book reviews and elaborates definitions of sustainable food systems, and begins to define ways of achieving them. To this end 4 different themes have been defined as entry-points into the discussion of 'sustainable food planning'. These are (1) urban agriculture, (2) integrating health, environment and society, (3) food in urban design and planning and (4) urban food governance.