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Title Socio-metabolic perspectives on the sustainability of local food systems : insights for science, policy and practice / Eva Fraňková, Willi Haas, Simron J. Singh, editors.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Human-environment interactions ; volume 7
Human-environment interactions (Springer (Firm)) ; v. 7.
Springer Biomedical and Life Sciences eBooks 2017 English+International
Contents Introduction: Key Concepts, Debates and Approaches in Analysing the Sustainability of Agri-Food Systems -- Methodological Challenges and General Criteria for Assessing and Designing Local Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: A Socio-Ecological Approach at Landscape Level -- Biophysical Analysis of Agri-Food Systems: Scales, Energy Efficiency, Power and Metabolism of Society -- The Energy-Landscape Integrated Analysis (ELIA) of Agroecosystems -- Does Your Landscape Mirror What You Eat? A Long-Term Socio-metabolic Analysis of a Local Food System in Valles County (Spain, 1860-1956-1999) -- Sustainability Challenges of Pre-industrial Local Food Systems-- Insights from Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research in Austria -- Food, Feed, Fuel, Fibre and Finance: Looking for Sustainability Halfway Between Traditional Organic and Industrialised Agriculture in the Czech Republic -- Leapfrogging Agricultural Development: Cooperative Initiatives Among Cambodian Small Farmers to Handle Sustainability Constraints -- A Socio-metabolic Transition of Diets on a Greek Island: Evidence of "Quiet Sustainability" -- Local, Mixed and Global Organic Tomato Supply Chains: Some Lessons Learned? from a Real-World Case Study -- Connecting Local Food and Organic Waste Management Systems: Closing Nutrient Loops in the City of Madrid -- Conclusions: Promises and Challenges for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems.
Notes Includes index.
Summary This book delves into diverse local food systems and critically assesses their ecological and societal benefits and trade-offs, their limits and opportunities for improving sustainability of food production, and framework conditions which either hinder or promote their development. More and more people with gradually meat heavier diets will demand growth in food production, whilst our increasingly industrialized and globalized agri-food system has already caused serious sustainability problems in the past. This calls for a change in the way we produce, distribute and consume food. A re-emerging debate on food security and food sovereignty seems to support this quest. But what are the promising alternatives to mainstream developments? Such a discussion regarding sustainability of local food systems requires a sound systemic understanding and thus invites a socio-metabolic reading of local cases by analyzing the nexus between material and energy flows as well as land and time use. This approach is needed to complement the so far mostly qualitatively-based local food studies. Applying socio-metabolic approaches to local food systems fosters a better understanding of promises and pitfalls for sustainable pathways in the future.
Other author Fraňková, Eva, editor.
Haas, Willi, editor.
Singh, Simron Jit, 1969- editor.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Food supply.
Food supply -- Social aspects.
Local foods.
Electronic books.
Electronic book.
ISBN 9783319692364 (electronic bk.)
3319692364 (electronic bk.)
9783319692357 (print)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-69236-4