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Individual Paper: Local and global policies for the transition to legume based food system

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Legumes are at the centre of policy debates concerning global food security and sustainable food production systems. Where they exist, policies to realise legume-based food production have failed to increase legume-based diets and even production over the long term. More effective policy innovations are urgently required to encourage sustainable protein production. However, this needs to be realised in a fragmented, unknowable, ͚no-one-stop-shop͛ policy environment. This paper is an action researchers͛ reflection on a non-conventional, deliberative policy approach, a new science- policy interface, Pulse Europe, to be launched in 2021, which invites a wide range of interested parties such as farmers, advisors, breeding businesses, non-governmental organisations, and including both the conventional and the organic sector.

Our analytical and methodological tools are shaped by the critical units of the interactions, that is joint interpretation and deliberation of policies by scientific and non-scientific actors. One primary challenge for Pulse Europe is to develop mechanisms that enable policies, legislation and regulatory systems to inform capacity building, product development and uptake. Our policy assessment is based on participation, research and action with and for stakeholders to better understand local meanings and knowledge of legumes, positionality and practical engagement of actors.

Early insights from the European Union (EU)-funded H2020 project Transition paths to sustainable legume-based systems in Europe (TRUE) are presented: on how to enable co-innovative practices to bring into effect policies that may more successfully support current, and future, food and nutritional security challenges via the use of legumes.


Day: 2018-08-22
Start time: 11:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ABF (206)
Track: Material Production (e.g. food, plastics, steel, paper)



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