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A diagram (infographic) that provides an overview of the actors and flows that make up the global food system. Developed in the context of the Future of Food and Farming project, UK Government Office for Science (2011).

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  1. 1. Geopolitical Relationships Politics & Governance Socio- Cultural Economic Science Civil Security Farming System Climate Change Farm Economy Food Industry Food Security S U P P LY– F a r m i n g D E M A N D – F o o d Demographic Money Food Technology Socio- Cultural Waste Geographic Land Farmers Values Knowledge Preferences Consumers Energy Water Environment Transport – Basic ElementsFood System Map copyright® 2009 shiftn cvba
  2. 2. Environment Technology Politics Governance Socio- Cultural Socio- Cultural Economic Science Geopolitical Relationships Science Civil Security Geographic Farming System Energy Technology Climate Change Farm Economy Food Industry Food Security Food Security Security S U P P L Y – F a r m i n g F o o d – D E M A N D Politics Governance Demographic Money Energy Water Consumers Food Land Farmers Value Chain Legislators Civil Service Terrestrial Aquatic Structural & Fibre Aquatic Farmers Refrigeration Ownership Food Safety Trade agreements Refrigeration Consumers Fishermen Farm Support B i o f u e l Engineers Researchers Technology Transfer Food Service RawMaterials Processing Arable Land Rural Forest & Fibre Feedstock Grassland Wildfoods Food Biofuel Competition for land Peri-Urban Less Productive Land Urbanization Rural Development Conservation Crop Mix: bulk/speciality/diversity Profits Carbon sequestration Agricultural science Land use science Food science Environmental science Biotechnology Biotechnology Agricultural Processes Agricultural Technology Knowledge Transfer Irrigation Seed Water Fertilization Pest control Pests & Diseases Planting, Tending, Harvesting Knowledge Work(ers) Economic Policy Agricultural Policy Environmental Policy Trade Policy Development Policy Global National Regional Local Regional differences in production Regional differences in consumption Land Inputs Outputs Aquatic EcosystemsAquaculture Aquacapture Food Chain Agricultural Production Mix Production Limits Total Renewable Organic Material Calories Nutrition Availability & Options Feed Food • Improved conversion and storage of solar energy in biomass • Increase yields of agricultural production • Optimise use of available land • Precision agriculture Sunlight Global Trade & Transport livestock Storage Wildmeat Meat & Dairy Taxes & Tariffs Infrastructure charges Investments Subsidies Price controls Monitoring Research Policy & Funding Development Policy & Funding Cereals, Legumes, Nuts Fruits, Vegetables Values Beliefs Knowledge Information Food quality, safety & acceptable risk Consumption Patterns Food Preparation Consumer behaviour Behaviour change Ability to payLogistics Fish & Seafood Peak Oil Farmgate Prices Transaction costs Currency Markets Financial Markets Investments Externalized costs Social equality Social cohesion Community-based innovation Local knowledge Public health Chronic diseases Mental Capital Social Capital Multifunctionality Cultural values Population Size Distribution Age Household size Migration Public perception Media Education Education & Training PR/Marketing/ Advertising Marketing Intelligence Training Perception of: food industry, farming, fair-trade sustainability, GM foods, etc. Physical, social, and economic access Social Networks Labelling Social benefits Markets & Market Segments Funding & Fees Transport Renewable: Oil, Gas, Coal Nuclear Biofuel crops Wind Solar Hydro Wave/Tide/Current Geothermal Waste Average temperature Frequency/magnitude of extreme weather events Sea level rise Changing rainfall patterns Migrating climate conditions Transport Sector Food RetailersFood marketerTrader Ingredient blenders Food manufacturer Agro Cooperatives Food Ingredient Manufacturer Health Wellbeing Mental Capital Social Capital Cultural Environmental Economic Aesthetic Heritage Recreation Scientific Spiritual Pest control Pollination Water flow & flood regulation Water quality regulation Biodiversity - Genetic Supporting Nutrient cycling Nitrogen Primary productivity Sediment Soil formation Regulating Air Quality Assimilation Buffer Climate Disease Erosion Fire Natural hazard Other Regulating CO2 sequestration Preferences Consumer Prices Regulations Economic Growth Designations & Protections Zoning Food Agriculture Environmental Health & Safety Policy commitments Legislation Legal obligations Ownership Structure Planning system Education & Advocacy Food stock management re-use, by-product utilization, recycling, disposal Commodity Prices Energy Costs Sanitation Food Security Pollution Air Water Ground Civil Water Energy Economic Resilience: Resistance to shocks is an emergent property of the whole system Food Insecurity Political Pressure Barriers to adoption PricesSupply Demand Taxes Subsidies etc. Self- sufficiency Greenhouse Gases Global Food System Map copyright® 2009 shiftn cvba
  3. 3. Grocery Stores Restaurants Farmers Markets and CSA’s Food Companies Food Wholesalers POLITICAL SYSTEMS Waste Waste Chemicals Media / Advertising Education Access Social Network Land & Soil Family & Friends Community Region National Global Civic Engagement Lobbying Land Use Climate Change Animal Welfare Biodiversity Pollution Trash BIO LO GI C AL S YS TEM S SOCIAL SYSTEMS ECONOMIC SYSTEMS Agriculture Know-how Labor Food Culture Money Money Food Food Water Ground Water Waste F a r m e r s Sunlight Energy Nutrients Government & Policy Transport Commercial Seed Regulations Taxes Subsidies Ownership Trade Food Literacy Consumer Farming The Food System copyright® 2011 shiftn cvba What’s your role?
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A diagram (infographic) that provides an overview of the actors and flows that make up the global food system. Developed in the context of the Future of Food and Farming project, UK Government Office for Science (2011).


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