EngageJohan points out that while individual choices are significant, they are not enough, on their own, to make the transformative changes necessary for sustainable outcomes in food systems. Instead, people need to collectively make demands from their institutions to instigate larger-scale food system changes, creating this multi-level, multi-actor approach to governance. With modern, industrial food systems spanning the globe, change may need to be driven by larger-scale actors, such as national governments and regional alliances. However, on a national, regional or even global level, aligning the agendas of individuals, groups, communities, cities, nations, and regions is complicated and challenging. We will learn more about the challenges to achieving sustainable food systems in Week 5 of this course. Do you think pressuring big companies to change unsustainable practices is the responsibility of the consumer or of governments, or both? What should ‘conscious consumers’ do to help promote more sustainable food systems?
Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia
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