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Diagnostic, regenerative or fossil-free - exploring stakeholder perceptions of Swedish food system sustainability
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Sweden.
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.
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2023 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 203, article id 107623Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an analysis of food system sustainability challenges and solutions among Swedish food system actors using Q-methodology, five perspectives were identified. One of the main three perspectives placed the highest priority on reduced meat consumption, food waste, and climate impact in agriculture, but downplayed strategies highlighted in the national food strategy and social aspects, and can be interpreted as a diagnostic climate mitigation-oriented perspective that does not reflect current negotiated policy processes or ‘softer’ values of food. In an alternative regenerative perspective, industrialized large-scale farming and lack of internalization of external costs were regarded as the main problems, and diversity, soil health, and organic farming as the main solutions. Proponents of a third perspective regarded phasing out fossil fuels, increased profitability of companies, increased meat production, and self-sufficiency as high priorities. These contrasting views can be a major barrier to transforming the Swedish food system. However, a number of entry points for change (i.e. aspects highly important for some and neutral for others) were identified, including focusing on healthy diets and increased production of fruit and vegetables. Focusing on these can build trust among stakeholders before moving to discussions about the larger and more sensitive systemic changes needed. © 2022 The Authors

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Elsevier B.V. , 2023. Vol. 203, article id 107623
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Agriculture, Change agents, Climate change, Food production, Stakeholders, alternative agriculture, climate effect, organic farming, perception, stakeholder, sustainability, Sweden
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Food Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-61193DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107623Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85139395870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-61193DiVA, id: diva2:1716487
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Funding details: DIA 2018/24 #8; Funding details: Stiftelsen för Miljöstrategisk Forskning; Funding details: Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas, 2019-01579; Funding text 1: The study was part of Mistra Food Futures ( DIA 2018/24 #8 ), a research program funded by Mistra (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research). All authors were funded by this program except A. Wood, who was supported by funding from Formas (grant number 2019-01579 ). All funding is gratefully acknowledged. Our thanks also go to all stakeholders who participated in workshops and in the sorting exercise.

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