On the importance of tightening feedback loops for sustainable development of food systems
2005 (English)In: Food Policy, ISSN 0306-9192, Vol. 30, no 2, 224-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the process of searching for sustainable trajectories in the food system, this paper reviews and discusses the importance of tightening feedback loops between ecosystems, actors in the food production chain and consumers. Intensification, specialization, distancing, concentration and homogenization are trends identified as major constraints for tightened feedback loops. These trends can mask or make it possible to disregard feedback signals from unhealthy ecosystems and weaken communication in the food chain. We explore possibilities for improved feedback management on local to global scales and present examples where feedback loops have been tightened. Enhanced communication between the actors in the food system and consciousness of ecological feedback, through e.g., increased reliance on local resources, are possibilities for improvement. However, where distances between resource and resource user are too large, feedback has to be directed through institutions on an overarching level, e.g., policy measures or environmental and social labelling of products.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 30, no 2, 224-239 p.
feedback, food system, management, agriculture, ecosystem, society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-25752DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2005.02.003ISI: 000230636700007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-21444461130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-25752DiVA: diva2:359698
QC 201011242010-10-292010-10-292010-11-24Bibliographically approved