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Transitions to food democracy through multilevel governance

Jani, Anant; Exner, Andreas; Braun, Reiner; Braun, Brigitte; Torri, Luisa; Verhoeven, Sofie; Murante, Anna Maria; van Devijvere, Stefanie; Harrington, Janas; Ochoa, Amalia; Marchiori, Giorgia Dalla Libera; Defranceschi, Peter; Bunker, Aditi; Bärnighausen, Till; Sanz, Esther; Napoléone, Claude; Verger, Eric O.; Schader, Christian; Röklov, Joacim; Stegemann, Ingrid; Tonello, Samuele; Perderson, Robert; Kristensen, Niels Heine; Smits, Tim; Wascher, Dirk; Voshol, Peter; Kaptejins, Annemarie; Nesrallah, Samantha; Kjorven, Olav; DeClerck, Fabrice; Biella, Cristina; Gjorgjioska, Marija Adela; Tomicic, Ana; Ferreira Oliveira, Ana Teresa; Bracco, Stefania; Estevens, Sandra; Rossi, Luigi; Laister, Günther; Rozalska, Aleksandra; Jankuloski, Borche; Hurbin, Christophe; Maylis, Jannic; Steel, Fiona; Manbaliu, Ewoud; de Jager, Karin; Sfetsos, Athanasios; Konstantopoulou, Maria; Kapetanakis, Pavlos-Alexandro; Hickersberger, Michaela; Chiffard, Elsa and Woollhead, Carina (2022) Transitions to food democracy through multilevel governance. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6, pp. 1-10.

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Food systems in Europe are largely unjust and not sustainable. Despite substantial negative consequences for individual health, the environment and public sector health and care services, large multi-national corporations continue to benefit from the way food systems are designed—perpetuating “Lose–Lose–Lose–Win” food systems that see these large corporations benefit at the expense of health, the environment and public sector finances. Transitioning to “Win–Win–Win–Win” food systems is challenging because of the heterogeneity, complexity and unpredictable nature of food systems—one-size fits-all solutions to correct imbalances and injustices cannot exist. To address these challenges, we propose the use of heuristics—solutions that can flexibly account for different contexts, preferences and needs. Within food systems, food democracy could be a heuristic solution that provides the processes and can form the basis for driving just transitions. However, ensuring that these transition processes are fair, equitable, sustainable and constructive, requires an approach that can be used across vertical and horizontal governance spheres to ensure the voices of key stakeholders across space, time and spheres of power are accounted for. In this manuscript we outline a new Horizon project, FEAST, that aims to use multilevel governance approaches across vertical and horizontal spheres of governance to realize constructive food democracy. We envisage this as a means to inform just processes that can be used to design and implement policies, in line with food democracy, to facilitate transitions to “Win–Win–Win–Win” food systems across Europe that makes it easy for every European to eat a healthy and sustainable diet.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Food democracy, multilevel governance, just transitions, Abacus, FiBL35234
Agrovoc keywords:
food systems
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation:Other countries
France > IRD
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Agri-food policy
France > Other organizations
Italy > Other organizations
UK > Other organizations
Denmark > Other organizations
Germany > Other organizations
Austria > Other organizations
Netherlands > Other organizations
Norway > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:101060536
Deposited By: Caminada, Lena
ID Code:44906
Deposited On:13 Dec 2022 12:45
Last Modified:25 Jan 2023 12:41
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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