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Translating sustainable diets into practice: the potential of public food procurement.

Sonnino, Roberta 2019. Translating sustainable diets into practice: the potential of public food procurement. Redes 24 (1) , pp. 14-29. 10.17058/redes.v24i1.13036

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Building on widespread calls for policies and development strategies that align human and ecological goals, an increasing number of scholars and practitioners are turning to the concept of “sustainable diet” as a guiding principle to address the multidimensional implications of food production on society, the environment and the economy. After discussing the core principles of this concept and providing some examples of its practical application, this article explores the potential of food procurement in progressing sustainable diets in public canteens. A critical review of the literature shows that there are three main barriers that need to be overcome to embed the principles of “sustainable diet” in public contracts: the primacy of a rigid ‘value for money’ ethos, which reinforces a risk-averse culture around public food provision that inhibits individuals and organisations from driving change; the tendency by governments to promote ‘silo-ed’ approaches to change leadership on issues like public procurement, which inhibit the levels of knowledge-sharing and collective endeavor across departments that is required to underpin sustainable procurement reform; and a lack of technical knowledge related to sustainable procurement and sustainable food provision.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul
ISSN: 1414-7106
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:01

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