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Stakeholder Perceptions of Policy Tools in Support of Sustainable Food Consumption in Europe: Policy Implications

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Applied Supply Chain Systems Research Group, University of Iceland, Dunhagi 5, 107 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Hagenauer Strasse 30, 42107 Wuppertal, Germany
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Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), 41 rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France
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Business School, Newcastle University, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, UK
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Vlerick Business School, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Markmar, Dunhagi 5, 107 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 7161; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177161
Received: 5 August 2020 / Revised: 25 August 2020 / Accepted: 29 August 2020 / Published: 2 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Food)
Transitioning agri-food systems towards increased sustainability and resilience requires that attention be paid to sustainable food consumption policies. Policy-making processes often require the engagement and acceptance of key stakeholders. This study analyses stakeholders’ solutions for creating sustainable agri-food systems, through interviews with a broad range of stakeholders including food value chain actors, non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions, research institutions and academic experts. The study draws on 38 in-depth, semi-structured interviews conducted in four European countries: France, Iceland, Italy and the UK, as well as three interviews with high-level EU experts. The interviewees’ solutions were analysed according to a five-category typology of policy tools, encompassing direct activity regulations, and market-based, knowledge-based, governance and strategic policy tools. Most of the identified solutions were located in the strategic tools category, reflecting shared recognition of the need to integrate food policy to achieve long-term goals. Emerging solutions—those which were most commonly identified among the different national contexts—were then used to derive empirically-grounded and more universally applicable recommendations for the advancement of sustainable food consumption policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable food consumption; agri-food systems; transition; stakeholders; semi-structured interviews; policy tools sustainable food consumption; agri-food systems; transition; stakeholders; semi-structured interviews; policy tools
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Saviolidis, N.M.; Olafsdottir, G.; Nicolau, M.; Samoggia, A.; Huber, E.; Brimont, L.; Gorton, M.; von Berlepsch, D.; Sigurdardottir, H.; Del Prete, M.; Fedato, C.; Aubert, P.-M.; Bogason, S.G. Stakeholder Perceptions of Policy Tools in Support of Sustainable Food Consumption in Europe: Policy Implications. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177161

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Saviolidis NM, Olafsdottir G, Nicolau M, Samoggia A, Huber E, Brimont L, Gorton M, von Berlepsch D, Sigurdardottir H, Del Prete M, Fedato C, Aubert P-M, Bogason SG. Stakeholder Perceptions of Policy Tools in Support of Sustainable Food Consumption in Europe: Policy Implications. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):7161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177161

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Saviolidis, Nína M., Gudrun Olafsdottir, Mariana Nicolau, Antonella Samoggia, Elise Huber, Laura Brimont, Matthew Gorton, David von Berlepsch, Hildigunnur Sigurdardottir, Margherita Del Prete, Cristina Fedato, Pierre-Marie Aubert, and Sigurdur G. Bogason. 2020. "Stakeholder Perceptions of Policy Tools in Support of Sustainable Food Consumption in Europe: Policy Implications" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 7161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177161

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