Food consumption significantly influences resource use and the environmental effects of food production and distribution. Currently a rather homogenous group of well-educated and affluent consumers is strongly interested in organic food. The mainstream food supply chains and their governance are characterised by a food regime that creates large quantities of standardised food. A more diverse food system could deliver more choices and could be more sustainable. What is lacking is a systematic and practice-oriented characterisation of diversity in the food system and its impact on resilience, enhancing socio-economic and environmental pillars of sustainability.
The FOOdIVERSE project aims to produce practice-oriented knowledge on how diversity in diets, novel food supply chains
and food governance contributes to more organic and sustainable food systems. The project provides multi-level perspectives on transforming local food systems across Europe by promoting diversity of consumers, producers and key stakeholders.
Five European countries contribute to the project: Italy, Germany, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. Project manager is Prof. Stefan Wahlen, University of Giessen, Germany.
The project is funded by the SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofunds (ERA-net).