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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Transforming the Food System through Sustainable Gastronomy - How Chefs Engage with Food Democracy

Richardson, Leah; Fernqvist, Fredrik


The global food system contributes significantly to climate change and environmental degradation. New dynamics are needed to sustainably transform the system. Using the theoretical frames of food democracy and a food systems approach, interviews were conducted with ten chefs practicing sustainable gastronomy with the aim of determining their contribution to the system transition and their practices in this process. Results show that the chefs use the principles of food democracy to engage and motivate people, find new forms of collaboration and ways to promote sustainable food practices, and improve food values and sustainable food behaviors.


Sustainable gastronomy; chef; food democracy; food system; food citizenship; sustainability transformation

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Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

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Richardson, Leah
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Richardson, Leah
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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of People and Society
Fernqvist, Fredrik
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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG2 Zero hunger
SDG16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

UKÄ Subject classification

Food Science

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