In: Sustainable Food System, Vol. 1 Series of publications by Department of Organic Food Quality and Food Culture of the University of Kassel.
The global food system continues to be threatened by climate change, environmental degradation, food insecurity, and hidden hunger. Consequently, both ecosystem- and human health issues will continue or worsen if no sustainable strategies are adopted. In the search for food system transformation, organic is a promising approach to achieve sustainable food systems. From a food systems perspective organic actors share a valuebased ethical vision and follow codified principles that lead to sustainable outcomes. Organic principles are codified in international and national standards and regulations. As a typical cradle-to-cradle approach, organic farming corresponds to the idea of a green technology. Through documenting real-world examples of organic food system cases worldwide, eleven cases have been selected based on predetermined criteria. This book documents real local food system examples around the globe, namely Lagos Metropolitan Area in South-West Region of Nigeria, West Africa; Manyara Region of Tanzania, East Africa; Karur district of Tamil Nadu State, India; Bislig municipality, the Philippines; Goesan County, South Korea; Mouans-Sartoux municipality, France; Södertälje municipality, Sweden; Cilento bio-district, Italy; Quito municipality, Ecuador; Chester County in Pennsylvania, USA; Wellington, New Zealand. Although the foundation stories of these OFSs vary, one commonality clearly stands out – the joint efforts of various stakeholders towards a common goal of establishing and supporting organic practices in the way that ultimately leads to the creation of an OFS. By adhering to a specific set of social and environmental norms and a different economic paradigm organic actors get a sense of coherence from their engagement, which the organic food system reinforces, therefore leading to positive synergies that foster equitable livelihoods, collective impact and an overall culture of sustainability.