Special Issue "Levering Sustainable Food Systems to Address Climate Change—Possible Transformations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2020).
Interests: sustainable food systems, climate change, city region food systems, biodiversity
Interests: sustainable food systems, deep adaptation to climate change, urban resilience, city region food systems
Interests: sustainable food systems, food and health communication, social and informal economy
Interests: sustainable food systems, agroecology, community development, knowledge networks
The clock is ticking. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2018), we have until 2030 to enact unprecedented changes to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change and to adapt to unavoidable climate disruption already underway. To achieve this, global carbon emissions must reach net zero by 2050 (IPCC 2018). Research demonstrates that sustainable food systems offer many solutions to confront this climate crisis (IPCC 2019). This is a daunting task, requiring an overhaul of the existing industrially focused global food system that currently contributes up to 40% of GHG emissions. However, it is clear that while we have the tools to make this happen, there are many barriers to realizing these goals.
Evidence gleaned from multidisciplinary, community-engaged research points to the key role played by regionally focused food systems that are circular, biologically and culturally diverse, equitable, and deliberative to serve as levers for change (Qualman 2019; Blay-Palmer et al. 2018; Knezevic et al. 2017; Pimbert 2017; Jurgilevich et al. 2016). While these systems offer examples of how to deal with the climate emergency, it is also important to acknowledge the gaps that need to be filled and the structures that need to be dismantled and rebuilt to enable transformation. Part of the solution lies in enabling networks of communities and identifying how they can work together to build adaptable inclusivity and diversity that is grounded in principles of equity and deliberative decision-making (Holt-Giminez et al. 2012; Gibson-Graham et al. 2013; Blay-Palmer et al. 2015).
In this Special Issue, we are interested in papers that explore and discuss sustainable food systems as pathways to both mitigating and adapting to climate change and the gaps that must be confronted to bring about transformation, in particular papers focused on:
- Indigenous food systems;
- Right to food;
- Informal and social economies;
- The role of place-based initiatives;
- City region and/or territorial food systems;
- Deep adaptations in food systems;
- Communications and education to enable climate change;
- Biocultural diversity.
While case studies and policy papers are welcome, papers describing existing transformations are of particular interest.
Blay-Palmer, A., Santini, G., Dubbeling, M., Renting, H., Taguchi, M. and Giordano, T. (2018). Validating the city region food system approach: Enacting inclusive, transformational city region food systems. Sustainability, 10(5), p.1680.
Blay-Palmer, A., Sonnino, R. and Custot, J., 2016. A food politics of the possible? Growing sustainable food systems through networks of knowledge. Agriculture and Human Values, 33(1), pp.27-43.
Gibson-Graham, J.K., Cameron, J. and Healy, S. (2013). Take back the economy: An ethical guide for transforming our communities. U of Minnesota Press.
Holt-Giménez, E., Shattuck, A., Altieri, M., Herren, H. and Gliessman, S., (2012). We already grow enough food for 10 billion people… and still can't end hunger.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (2019). Climate Change and Land. An IPCC Special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Summary for Policymakers. Retrieved from: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (2018). Global warming of 1.5°C: Summary for policymakers. Swirzerland: IPCC. Retrieved from: https://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_spm_final.pdf
Jurgilevich, A., Birge, T., Kentala-Lehtonen, J., Korhonen-Kurki, K., Pietik鋓nen, J., Saikku, L. and Schösler, H. (2016). Transition towards circular economy in the food system. Sustainability, 8(1), p.69.
Knezevic, I., Blay-Palmer, A., Levkoe, C.Z., Mount, P. and Nelson, E. (Eds.) (2017). Nourishing communities: From fractured food systems to transformative pathways. Springer.
Pimbert, M.P. (Ed.). (2017). Food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity: Constructing and contesting knowledge. New York, NY: Routledge.
Qualman, D. (2019). Civilization critical: Food, energy, nature and the future. Halifax: Fernwood Press.
Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer
Dr. Patricia Ballamingie
Dr. Irena Knezevic
Dr. Erin Nelson
Dr. Andrew Spring
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- sustainable food systems
- climate change
- deep adaptation
- biocultural diversity