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Callaghan, Edith
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Carlsson, L., Callaghan, E., Morley, A. & Broman, G. (2017). Food system sustainability across scales: A proposed local-to-global approach to community planning and assessment. Sustainability, 9(6), Article ID 1061.
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2017 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 9, no 6, article id 1061Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interest in food systems sustainability is growing, but progress toward them is slow. This research focuses on three interrelated challenges that hinder progress. First, prevailing visions lack a concrete definition of sustainability. Second, global level conceptions fail to guide responses at the local level. Third, these deficiencies may lead to conflicting initiatives for addressing sustainable food systems at the community level that slow collective progress. The purpose of this article is to (1) describe the development of a framework for assessing food system sustainability which accommodates local-level measurement in the context of broader national and global scale measures; and (2) to propose a process that supports community determinacy over localized progress toward sustainable food systems. Using a modified Delphi Inquiry process, we engaged a diverse, global panel of experts in describing "success" with respect to sustainable food systems, today's reality, and identifying key indicators for tracking progress towards success. They were asked to consider scale during the process in order to explore locally relevant themes. Data were analyzed using the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) to facilitate a comprehensive and systematic exploration of key themes and indicators. Key results include a framework of indicator themes that are anchored in a concrete definition of sustainability, stable at national and global scales while remaining flexible at the local scale to accommodate contextual needs. We also propose a process for facilitating community-level planning for food system sustainability that utilizes this indicator framework. The proposed process is based on insights from the research results, as well as from previous research and experience applying the FSSD at a community level; it bears promise for future work to support communities to determine their own pathways, while contributing to a more coordinated whole. © 2017 by the author.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI AG, 2017
Keywords
Backcasting, Community development, Indicators, Sustainable development, Sustainable food systems
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:bth-14901 (URN)10.3390/su9061061 (DOI)000404133200184 ()2-s2.0-85021151663 (Scopus ID)
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Available from: 2017-07-06 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2017-09-20Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L., Williams, P. L., Hayes-Conroy, J. S., Lordly, D. & Callaghan, E. (2016). School Gardens: Cultivating Food Security in Nova Scotia Public Schools?. Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research, 77(3), 119-124
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2016 (English)In: Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research, ISSN 1486-3847, Vol. 77, no 3, p. 119-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: A small but growing body of peer-reviewed research suggests that school gardens can play a role in building community food security (CFS); however, to date little research exploring the role of school gardens in supporting CFS is available. This paper begins to address this gap in the literature. Methods: A qualitative, exploratory, single-case study design was used. The focus of this case study was the school food garden at an elementary school in the River Valley, Nova Scotia, school community. Results: Results provide useful information about potential CFS effects of school gardens in addition to the environmental effects on school gardens important to their effectiveness as CFS tools. Findings suggest children gained food-related knowledge, skills, and values that support long-term CFS. A local social and political landscape at the community, provincial, and school board level were key to strengthening this garden's contributions to CFS. Conclusions: We support Dietitians of Canada's nomination of school gardens as an indicator of CFS with theoretical and practical evidence, underscore the importance of a supportive environment, and need for further research in this area. Health professionals and community organizations provide critical support, helping to weave gardens into a greater movement towards building CFS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toronto: DIETITIANS CANADA, 2016
Keywords
INNER-CITY YOUTH; COMMUNITY GARDENS; NUTRITION; CALIFORNIA; OPPORTUNITIES; CONSUMPTION; CHALLENGES; KNOWLEDGE; CHILDREN; PROGRAM
National Category
Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-13049 (URN)10.3148/cjdpr-2015-051 (DOI)000382322300005 ()26916844 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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