Sustainable food systems, from seed to compost, are ecologically regenerative, provide fair livelihoods, preserve and protect biodiversity, are regionally focused and provide healthy, culturally appropriate food to everyone now and into the future. They integrate benefits across sectors and scales, and can offer multiple ways to make the world more sustainable.
Urbal focuses on 5 dimensions of sustainability:
Each of the sustainability dimensions includes a wide range of dynamic and context dependent issues, such as:
- Health: food security,access, and quality, nutrition, well-being.
- Governance: transparency, power dynamics, participation, accountability.
- Environment: protection of biodiversity, renewable resources, energy efficiency, climate resilience.
- Social-cultural: equity, community building, trust in institutions, positive expression of social and cultural identity and culture.
- Economic: equity, resilience, fair work and livelihoods, local economies.
These dimensions will also help you develop a more in depth and precise understanding of your pathways to change. The sustainable food system dimensions you focus on will depend on your innovation and your sustainability vision and goals.
To increase your understanding about your innovation changes and impacts, we urge you to consider at least two sustainability dimensions. This will help you see interconnections between the innovation goals, changes and impacts, and the sustainability dimensions. It will also help guide you as you address where you can realize multiple benefits and reduce trade-offs as you learn from the findings from your Impact Pathway Maps.