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Research overview

Realising greater sustainability of our food systems and consumption choices is one of the big challenges for humanity. Food systems are linked to questions of poverty, hunger, climate change, inequalities and resilience of communities. Access to food and clean water determines life and ultimately safeguards peace on our planet. Farmers’ markets, farm shops, vegetable boxes and local food cooperatives are just some examples of what are known as Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in the academic debate. These once novel outlets are challenging the established food system of supermarkets and global supply networks with their visions of providing local, seasonal quality produce. By using a sustainable development lens in comparative case study research on Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in Berlin, I will critically interrogate the concept, form and potential of alternative food systems.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action