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Reconnecting Initiatives in the Food System: A study on food initiatives in Stockholm and their role in reconnecting people to the biosphere
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Reconnecting humanity to the biosphere; i.e. to understand the biosphere and how we affect it, manage natural capital and actively work for a societal change in tune with the planet; is imperative for a sustainable development within the planetary boundaries. The food system is one area where there is a growing disconnect between consumers and producers, and through that also a reduced mental connection to the biosphere that supports food production. This thesis introduces, and analyses, the concept of Reconnecting Initiatives as a sub-category to Alternative Food Initiatives. These Reconnecting Initiatives are the diverse set of actors that are both small-scale producers and larger intermediaries and work with producers on both local and global scales. At the same time they share the similarity of opposing the conventional food system and curate information to consumers about the specific processes of food production and the food system in general. Reconnecting Initiatives are bringing producer and consumer closer together and by informing about food system practices encourage consumers to mentally reconnect to the biosphere. This study looks at Reconnecting Initiatives in Sweden, around the capital Stockholm, and aims to assess their main characteristics and information strategies. The study does this by conducting semi-structured interviews and textual analysis among a diverse set of Reconnecting Initiatives. The study finds that Reconnecting Initiatives around Stockholm are diverse in classification, categorization and size and that they use two information strategies: written channels (e.g. facebook, website, newsletter) and meeting producers. In conclusion, the diversity among Reconnecting Initiatives in Stockholm indicates a possibility for a larger and more diverse group of consumers to get information about the food system functions and enhance their possibility to mentally reconnect to the biosphere.

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2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
reconnecting to the biosphere, reconnecting initiatives, alternative food initiatives, food system, ecological literacy, mental reconnect, social-ecological systems
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Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131518DiVA: diva2:940813
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Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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