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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 299; doi:10.3390/su8040299

Addressing Policy Challenges for More Sustainable Local–Global Food Chains: Policy Frameworks and Possible Food “Futures”

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Centre for Food Policy, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK
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International Institute for Environment and Development, 80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, UK
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Centre for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Management (CAFEM), Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK
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Academic Editor: Gianluca Brunori
Received: 25 January 2016 / Revised: 8 March 2016 / Accepted: 15 March 2016 / Published: 25 March 2016
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Abstract

The article considers how policy can address the local–global within a wider commitment to food sustainability and draws on research conducted for the EU-funded GLAMUR project (Global and local food assessment: a multidimensional performance-based approach). Case study data identifies four key policy challenges for policymakers. Addressing these challenges in order to make links between current (and future) more sustainable food policy involves three phases. The first identifies processes of engagement in three spheres (public policy, the market and civil society); the second identifies points of engagement offered by existing policy initiatives at global, EU, national and sub-national policy levels; and the third builds scenarios as possible “food futures”, used to illustrate how the project’s findings could impact on the “bigger policy picture” along the local–global continuum. Connections are made between the policy frameworks, as processes and points of engagement for food policy, and the food “futures”. It is suggested that the findings can help support policymakers as they consider the effects and value of using multi-criteria interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; global food chains; local food chains; food policy frameworks; food “futures”; policy coherence sustainability; global food chains; local food chains; food policy frameworks; food “futures”; policy coherence
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Smith, J.; Lang, T.; Vorley, B.; Barling, D. Addressing Policy Challenges for More Sustainable Local–Global Food Chains: Policy Frameworks and Possible Food “Futures”. Sustainability 2016, 8, 299.

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