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A Sustainability Compass for policy navigation to sustainable food systems

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Aniek Hebinck, Monika Zurek, Thom Achterbosch, Björn Forkman, Anneleen Kuijsten, Marijke Kuiper, Birgit Nørrung, Pieter van ’t Veer, Adrian Leip, A Sustainability Compass for policy navigation to sustainable food systems, Global Food Security, Volume 29, 2021, 100546, ISSN 2211-9124, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100546.

Highlights:

  • A Sustainability Compass to guide food system sustainability assessments.
  • Societal goals on health, environment, equity, economy; with key areas of concern.
  • Sustainability scores are calculated via a hierarchical approach to indicators.
  • It enables reflexive evaluation and multi-actor negotiation of food systems outcomes.
  • We demonstrate proof of concept of operationalization of the approach and metrics.

Abstract

Growing acknowledgement that food systems require transformation, demands comprehensive sustainability assessments that can support decision-making and sustainability governance. To do so, assessment frameworks must be able to make trade-offs and synergies visible and allow for inclusive negotiation on food system outcomes relevant to diverse food system actors.

This paper reviews literature and frameworks and builds on stakeholder input to present a Sustainability Compass made up of a comprehensive set of metrics for food system assessments. The Compass defines sustainability scores for four societal goals, underpinned by areas of concern. We demonstrate proof of concept of the operationalization of the approach and its metrics. The Sustainability Compass is able to generate comprehensive food system insights that enables reflexive evaluation and multi-actor negotiation for policy making.

Outline

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. A review of food systems frameworks and metrics
  • 3. The food system Sustainability Compass
  • 4. Policy implications
  • 5. Conclusion
  • Appendix 1. Glossary
  • Appendix 2. Equations for operationalization of the Sustainability Compass
  • References

 

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