Learning from the organic food system as a model for sustainable food systems - the Organic Food System Program

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Today’s understanding of food systems includes product-specific values (e.g. palatability, taste, nutritional and safety values, health promotion) and process-oriented values (e.g. environmental impact, animal welfare and social fairness). These values are currently challenged and changing. Food habits, cultural, social, ethical, economic and political criteria play an increasingly important role as values. An organic values-based supply chain links food production to values such as partnership, cooperation and trust. Within a values-based supply chain, all actors should be connected through a shared vision. Visions, indicators and parameters have been developed for the organic food system (OFS). In order to identify and leverage values within the OFS, it has to be critically analysed and
documented. This makes the OFS a “living laboratory” for sustainable food systems, linking organic production and consumption within one system, thus creating and distributing value along the chains for sustainable food systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Value Chains for Sustainable Food Systems : A Workshop of the FAO/UNEP Programme on Sustainable Food Systems. Rome, 8-9 June 2016
EditorsAlexandre Meybeck, Suzanne Redfern
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-5-109532-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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