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Voluntary Standards for Sustainable Food Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Voluntary Standards for Sustainable Food Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

A Workshop of the FAO/UNEP Programme on Sustainable Food Systems

Towards the future we want, FAO at Rio+20

End hunger and make the transition to sustainable agricultural and food systems

As stated in the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the 1992 Earth Summit, human beings are at the centre of sustainable development [...]


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Improving food systems for sustainable diets in a green economy

WORKING PAPER 4

This is one of four working papers (see titles below) developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote discussions and support the preparation of FAO’s contribution to the RIO+20 process [...]


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Sustainable diets and biodiversity, directions and solutions for policy, research and action

Directions and solutions for policy, research and action

This book presents the current state of thought on the common path of sustainable diets and biodiversity and addresses the linkages among agriculture, health, the environment and food industries [...]


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Towards the development of guidelines for improving the sustainability of diets and food consumption patterns in the Mediterranean area

The Sustainability of Food Systems in the Mediterranean Area

Today, the main challenge for the food and agricultural sector is to simultaneously provide enough food to meet nutritional needs and to conserve the natural resources for present and future generations [...]


Sustainable diets and water footprints

Sustainable diets and water footprints

DIRECTIONS AND SOLUTIONS FOR POLICY, RESEARCH AND ACTION

The alarming pace of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and their negative impact on health makes a compelling case for re-examining food systems and diets [...]


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Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction

Food losses refer to the decrease in edible food mass available for human consumption throughout the different segments of the supply chain. In addition to quantitative losses [...]


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Global food losses and food waste

EXTENT CAUSES AND PREVENTION

The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude [...]


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Appropriate packaging solutions for developing countries

The study assesses the state of packaging and packaging technologies in developing countries, with the challenge of global food losses and the potential for agri-food systems as the backdrop [...]

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