Overcoming undesirable resilience in the global food system

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Our current global food system – from food production to consumption, including manufacture, packaging, transport, retail and associated businesses – is responsible for extensive negative social and environmental impacts which threaten the long-term well-being of society. This has led to increasing calls from science–policy organizations for major reform and transformation of the global food system. However, our knowledge regarding food system transformations is fragmented and this is hindering the development of co-ordinated solutions. Here, we collate recent research across several academic disciplines and sectors in order to better understand the mechanisms that ‘lock-in’ food systems in unsustainable states.


  • Tom H Oliver
  • Emily Boyd
  • Kevin Balcombe
  • Tim G Benton
  • James M Bullock
  • Deanna Donovan
  • Giuseppe Feel
  • Matthew Heard
  • Georgina M Mace
  • Simon R Mortimer
  • Richard J Nunes
  • Richard F. Pywell
  • Dominik Zaum
External organisations
  • University of Reading
  • University of Leeds
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Utrecht University
  • University College London
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalGlobal Sustainability
Issue numbere9
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 13
Publication categoryResearch