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Environmental Outlook 2018: Background document Solution Paths for the Food System

Issue 29-11-2018This research was carried out as part of the ‘Environmental Outlook 2018’ and provided the necessary scientific underpinning.

In Flanders, we are fortunate to have an abundant, varied and affordable food supply. Our food system is nevertheless reaching its economic, societal and ecological limits. Despite the numerous initiatives already taken, major steps remain to be taken towards further reducing the environmental impact of the food system.

The report describes three broad solution paths which, in combination, can contribute to the (ecological) sustainability of the Flemish food system:

  • eating differently;
  • improvements in the conventional production and distribution system;
  • system changes in production and distribution.

Each solution path comprises a number of possible solutions. The report discusses the environmental potential and other potential societal impacts of these solutions. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the barriers and levers, and the actions that can be taken by the different actors to implement the solutions.

The information for this report was collected through a combination of literature review and surveys of academic and field experts.

Study commissioned by MIRA, Flanders Environment Report

researchers: Jonas Van Lancker, Marianne Hubeau, Fleur Marchand (ILVO)

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