The challenges facing contemporary food systems: European policy and governance pathways to sustainable food consumption and production

Barling, D. (2011). The challenges facing contemporary food systems: European policy and governance pathways to sustainable food consumption and production. Agronomie, Environnement & Sociétés, 1(2), pp. 15-25.

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Abstract

The security and resilience of the food supply and its sustainability has risen up the public policy agenda in recent years. Policy makers must address a series of longer-term structural and fundamental challenges to a sustainable food supply that are situated both in demand and consumption and in production and environmental capacity. A key policy discourse has emerged around the sustainable consumption and production (SCP) of food, linking the need to rebalance the demand and the supply parts of the equation. In Europe, the public policy initiatives within the SCP framework have focused upon softer interventions such as advising consumers of the more sustainable food choices, often using existing private sector market based criteria enshrined in food and agricultural certification schemes and logos. The European Commission is beginning to address the scientific and methodological basis for identifying and measuring sustainable food by attempting to work with the food industry in framing environmental life cycle assessment methodology and promoting the policy goal of a more natural
resource efficient Europe.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology > Centre for Food Policy
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/2575

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