WP 3: Drivers and data - food supply chains

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The purpose of WP3 is to improve understanding of determinants of private food standards, where do they come from, what drives their implementation and what is the interaction of private/public standards. It will look into supply chains not only in economic models, standards and analyze the role of market power and institutional constraints. It will analyze the role of the post-farm food chain for environmental sustainability metrics, and analyze firms’ strategies in food innovation and reformulation and their responses to nutritional policies.

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Deliverable 3.3: The role of the post-farm food chain for sustainability indices

The analysis of post-farmgate biomass streams is crucial for accurately quantifying the environmental impact associated with the food that we eat. It is also the pre-requisite for identifying opportunities to move into the direction of an agri-food system with low emissions and with closed nutrient circles. We identified a few areas where a full chain life-cycle assessment was not yet possible with the tools available: slaughterhouses, cereal processing, waste management systems and consumers. In this report we perform a literature review for each of these ‚pools‘ and compile data that can be used in ‚modules‘ that will be implemented for the SUSFANS toolbox. The assessment is based on – and further develops – the framework developed by the UN-ECE for the quantification of national nitrogen budgets.

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Deliverable 3.2: The role of different food chain actors on setting private food standards

Consumers, retailers and producers are giving increasing attention to ensure that production and processing activities are sustainable from an economic, social and environmental point of view. The goal of this task will be to analyze the role different actors in the food supply chain play in the establishment of food standards and their impact on the sustainability of the food supply chain. The analysis will consist of theoretical modelling and an empirical analysis.

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Operationalising the health aspects of sustainable diets: a review

Shifting towards a more sustainable food consumption pattern is an important strategy to mitigate climate change. In the past decade, various studies have optimised environmentally sustainable diets using different methodological approaches. The aim of the present review was to categorise and summarise the different approaches to operationalise the health aspects of environmentally sustainable diets.

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Newsletter 1

The first Newsletter of 2016 on project updates and informative SUSFANS research

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The role of market power in the EU food supply chain

In recent years, there has been growing interest on the functioning of food supply chains in the face of significant external challenges, such as a growing demand for agricultural production worldwide and price volatility. This report is the first to analyze the functioning of the food supply chain in terms of firm-level mark-up volatility of its actors. The results show that the farm sector has a significantly higher volatility than its counterparts in the food supply chain.

Firms’ strategic reactions to nutritional policies: Understand and derive a set of optimal policies

Cardiovascular diseases and cancer constitute almost two-thirds of diseases in industrial countries. A large number of these (chronic) diseases are due to lifestyle-related risk factors, among them poor dietary habits such as excessive intakes of salt, carbohydrates, and fats, in addition to insufficient intakes of fruits and vegetables. According to the World Health Organization, preventing these diet-related risk factors in combination with actions reducing physical inactivity and tobacco use could lead to an increase in the average life expectancy by three to five years in high-income countries.

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