Lost opportunities in food chain sustainability: Assessing the absence of a Swedish food bank through the utilization of an MLP framework

University essay from Lunds universitet/Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Abstract: : Food is an integral part of our everyday lives, with a plethora of social and commercial activities built around it. Despite being so intensive in resources, a third of the production is destined to be wasted. To comply with the waste management guidelines, redistribution should be society’s priority, especially when considering how many individuals cannot afford food. Interestingly, despite its social reputation, Sweden does not have an officially recognized food bank, which could handle food redistribution, even if this practice is common in nearly all the European nations. Utilizing an adaptation of the Multi-level perspective framework for food chains, this study analyzes the currently established regime, landscape developments and regime of the suggested solution. Interviews with food redistribution organizations and a regional recycling company explore the factors that affect this phenomenon as well as how regime agents hinder the transition and are being reshaped. Despite the plethora of organizations active in food surplus, the emergence of a food bank will require time. The main findings stress the significance of a clear and protective legislative framework as well as funding to adhere to the small capacities that limit the growth of niches. The small and regional networking of peers should overcome any short-term power relations so that national coverage of food redistribution networks can be achieved.

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