A1 Journal article – refereed
Systems frame for multidisciplinary study on sustainability of localising food

List of Authors: Juha Helenius, Esa Aro-Heinilä, Reija Hietala, Minna Mikkola, Helmi Risku-Norja, Laura Seppänen, Marko Sinkkonen, Antto Vihma
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Publication year: 2007
Journal: Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal
Volume number: 4
Issue number: 5


The local, as opposed to global, food system refers to the idea of achieving food equitability, access, security, responsibility and environmental stewardship by means of localising food. We studied the effects and learning challenges of localising the food system at municipal and provincial scales in a Finnish case. In our multidisciplinary project, we developed a conceptual system model to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and integration. In the model, a food system was divided into the economic, the biophysical and, as the link between these two, the learning subsystems. The model and our disciplinary results from case studies within each of the subsystems are described. The theories and methods in analysing environmental and socioeconomic impacts of, and learning challenges for, localising the food system are discussed. Our experience gives support to foodshed thinking: it is essential to include both the rural source and the urban sink areas in a food system.

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