Sustainable agrifood systems for a post-growth world

Steven R. McGreevy, Christoph D.D. Rupprecht, Daniel Niles, Arnim Wiek, Michael Carolan, Giorgos Kallis, Kanang Kantamaturapoj, Astrid Mangnus, Petr Jehlička, Oliver Taherzadeh, Marlyne Sahakian, Ilan Chabay, Ashley Colby, Jose Luis Vivero-Pol, Rajat Chaudhuri, Maximilian Spiegelberg, Mai Kobayashi, Bálint Balázs, Kazuaki Tsuchiya, Clara NichollsKeiko Tanaka, Joost Vervoort, Motoki Akitsu, Hein Mallee, Kazuhiko Ota, Rika Shinkai, Ashlesha Khadse, Norie Tamura, Ken ichi Abe, Miguel Altieri, Yo Ichiro Sato, Masashi Tachikawa

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Sustainable agrifood systems are critical to averting climate-driven social and ecological disasters, overcoming the growth paradigm and redefining the interactions of humanity and nature in the twenty-first century. This Perspective describes an agenda and examples for comprehensive agrifood system redesign according to principles of sufficiency, regeneration, distribution, commons and care. This redesign should be supported by coordinated education and research efforts that do not simply replicate dominant discourses on food system sustainability but point towards a post-growth world in which agroecological life processes support healthy communities rather than serving as inputs for the relentless pursuit of economic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1017
Number of pages7
JournalNature Sustainability
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Urban Studies
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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