25 July 2021

Sustainable Food Systems <=> Sustainable Diets

Mitigating climate change through sustainable diets: how can social sciences contribute to the complex endeavour of changing consumption habits as part and parcel of transforming the food system?  

This is the overarching theme of the Special Issue of the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, resulting from the Conference held in 2019 by the Master in Food Studies at The American University of Rome. 


The articles cover the state of the art in the debate on healthy and sustainable diets and report and analyse cases on the complexity of arriving at a consensual definition of dietary guidelines in the European Union and in the United-States, the role of the social actors involved and the multiple dimensions of how food environments and surplus food redistribution impact diets in a variety of development contexts.

Two cases address explicitly the inextricable link between diets and the food system, one by showing how polycultural systems enable nutrition based on local biodiversity and the other documenting the EU efforts in encouraging the transition towards legume-based agrifood systems.


To know more :

  1. Special Issue of the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food VOL. 27 NO. 1 (2021).

Selection of past articles on hungerexplained.org related to the topic:

  1. Sustainable food systems: 2021 may be a turning point for food, … or it may not, 2020.

  2. Conference 'Sustainable Food Systems < > Sustainable Diets’ Rome,  Friday, 11 October 2019, 2019.

  3. Obstacles to transition - Why is it so difficult to make our food system more sustainable and climate-friendly? 2019.

  4. Policies for a transition towards more sustainable and climate friendly food systems, 2018.

  5. Are existing food and agricultural policies supportive to local sustainable food systems? 2015.


Last update:    July 2021

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