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Rewiring food systems to enhance human health and biosphere stewardship
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3520-4340
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3090-8840
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia.
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2017 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, E-ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 12, no 10, article id 100201Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
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Food lies at the heart of both health and sustainability challenges. We use a social-ecological framework to illustrate how major changes to the volume, nutrition and safety of food systems between 1961 and today impact health and sustainability. These changes have almost halved undernutrition while doubling the proportion who are overweight. They have also resulted in reduced resilience of the biosphere, pushing four out of six analysed planetary boundaries across the safe operating space of the biosphere. Our analysis further illustrates that consumers and producers have become more distant from one another, with substantial power consolidated within a small group of key actors. Solutions include a shift from a volume-focused production system to focus on quality, nutrition, resource use efficiency, and reduced antimicrobial use. To achieve this, we need to rewire food systems in ways that enhance transparency between producers and consumers, mobilize key actors to become biosphere stewards, and re-connect people to the biosphere.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 10, article id 100201
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social-ecological, great acceleration, Anthropocene, food environment, nutrition, sustainability
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Food Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151692DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa81dcISI: 000412928700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151692DiVA, id: diva2:1175224
Available from: 2018-01-17 Created: 2018-01-17 Last updated: 2018-01-26Bibliographically approved

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