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Sustainable food systems with ICT?
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Media Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0224-4960
2016 (English)In: 4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2016), Atlantis Press , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The food system is burdened by many and severe negative environmental and social impacts. Two of the reasons for the impacts are the increasing scale and globalisation of the food system. ICT has been put forward as a means to enhance sustainability in society, yet the potential for food systems is underexplored. In this paper we review ICT solutions for improved sustainability of food systems, which are used in practice or are discussed as potential solutions. The aim is to identify ICT solutions that can potentially enhance sustainability in the food system. We review mostly scientific literature. The ICT solutions are categorized according to four main purposes of the approach, to 1) efficiency through monitoring and assessment of environmental impact, 2) enhance transparency and traceability in the food system, 3) creating network between actors in the food chains, 4)influence and change food practices. We conclude that there is no coherent research field covering ICT in food systems. The papers reviewed are scattered over several disciplines and scientific journals. We also conclude that there is a predominance of research on monitoring of food production and ransparency and traceability in the food chain. More research is needed that take on holistic approaches and include several parts of the food system.Furthermore, we would also like to see more research onwhat sustainable food systems could be like and how ICT couldsupport and perhaps sometimes hinder such developments.

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Atlantis Press , 2016.
, Advances in Computer Science Research, ISSN 2352-538X
Keyword [en]
ICT4S, ICT, food, agriculture, sustainability
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Human Aspects of ICT
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56398ISBN: 978-94-6252-224-4OAI: diva2:958356
The 4th International Conference ICT for Sustainability, ‘Smart and Sustainable’(ICT4S 2016, Aug 29 - 1 Sep, 2016, Amsterdam
Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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