9 June 2020
Seeds and deeds

Collective plant breeding for reduced input farming

23 June 2020
NFU virtual organic farm walk

Challenges of net zero

29 May 2020
iSAGE Toolbox - How to design it step by step

Safeguard farmers' decision making tool

29 May 2020
Innovative network for promoting pulses as novel protein sources

Case study of the British fava bean food value chain

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Organic food essential component of a sustainable diet

Category: News
14 July 2015

How the organic food system supports sustainable diets and translates these into practice

A paper recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition explores the potential of how organic food production and consumption systems can contribute to sustainable diets. ORC Director Nic Lampkin was one of the authors of the paper, which concludes that the consumption patterns of regular organic consumers are close to the sustainable diet concept of FAO and that in further developing the concept, the role of organic consumption is an important topic to be addressed. Organic production systems are well established and well-defined and cover environmental aspects, animal welfare standards, and food quality as well as health issues. The organic food system puts the land (agri- cultura) back into the diet; it is the land from which the diet in toto is shaped. Therefore, the organic food system provides essential components of a sustainable diet.

Strassner C, Cavoski I, Di Cagno R, Kahl J, Kesse-Guyot E, Lairon D, Lampkin N, Løes A-K, Matt D, Niggli U, Paoletti F, Pehme S, Rembiałkowska E, Schader C and Stolze M (2015) How the organic food system supports sustainable diets and translates these into practice. Front. Nutr. 2:19. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2015.00019

Keywords: consumers health sustainable diet

Return to Archive