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Mitigating risk of exceeding environmental limits requires ambitious food system interventions

Hadjikakou, M.; Bowles, N.; Geyik, O.; Conijn, J.G.; Mogollón, J.M.; Bodirsky, B.L.; Müller, A.; Weindl, I.; Moallemi, E.A.; Shaikh, M.A.; Damerau, K.; Davis, K.F.; Pfister, S.; Springmann, M.; Clark, M.; Metson, G.S.; Röös, E.; Bajzelj, B.; Graham, N.T.; Wisser, D.; Doelman, J.C.; Deppermann, A.; Theurl, M.C.; Pradhan, P.; Stevanovic, M.; Lauk, C.; Chang, J.; Heck, V.; Ercin, E.; Peng, L.; Springer, N.P.; Bouwman, A.F.; Morais, T.G.; Valin, H.; Mason-D'Croz, D.; Erb, K.-H.; Popp, M.A.; Herrero, M.; Dumas, P.; Zhang, X.; Searchinger, T. and Bryan, B.A. (2023) Mitigating risk of exceeding environmental limits requires ambitious food system interventions. Preprint, x, xx-xx. [Submitted]

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Transforming the global food system is necessary to avoid exceeding planetary boundaries. A robust evidence base is crucial to assess the scale and combination of interventions required for a sustainable transformation. We developed a risk assessment framework, underpinned by a meta-regression of 60 global food system modeling studies, to quantify the potential of individual and combined interventions to mitigate the risk of exceeding the boundaries for land-system change, freshwater use, climate change, and biogeochemical flows by 2050. Limiting the risk of exceedance across four key planetary boundaries requires a high but plausible level of ambition in all demand-side (diet, population, waste) and most supply-side interventions. Attaining the required level of ambition for all interventions relies on embracing synergistic actions across the food system.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:food systems, planetary boundaries, sustainability assessment, Abacus, FiBL35127
Agrovoc keywords:
food systems
sustainability assessment
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Processing, packaging and transportation
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Agri-food policy
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability > Sustainability assessment
France > CIRAD - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
International Organizations > Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Energy and Technology
UK > Univ. Oxford
USA > Other organizations USA
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Sweden > Other organizations Sweden
Germany > Other organizations Germany
Austria > Other organizations Austria
Netherlands > Other organizations Netherlands
Australia > Other organizations Australia
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:51775
Deposited On:09 Oct 2023 09:36
Last Modified:05 Dec 2023 09:40
Document Language:English
Refereed:Submitted for peer-review but not yet accepted

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