SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM

Test Case – Åland Islands

Our work on the Edible Insects and the People-Powered Future of Food public projects had expanded our thinking on food system structures. We started working on a project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry to determine a model for how a sustainable, regional food system could be structured. We had the pilot area of the Åland Islands, a community of approx 30,000 people.

Key themes and considerations came into play. Future resilience. Self-suffiency. Circular systems & solutions. Local collaborations. Radical ideas. Positive business opportunities. And “people power” – engaging local consumers in their food system by moving them from a passive to an active role through Food Citizenship.

The end model created is what we call a thriving food system. A circular, people-powered system where conscious consumption is the norm, all resources are retained and utilised, and everyone contributes equally to the system. This model embodies a regenerative approach – that a food systems could help create positive growth for all it’s stakeholders through how its structured and operates. We believe this model can help local communities be fit for the future, and truly thrive!

PROJECT DETAILS

Sustainable Regional Food Systems: Test Case – Åland Islands (“Hungry for Åland”)

July 2017 – December 2018

Funding

Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The background of the project lies in the Finnish roadmap to a circular economy 2016-2025, where sustainable food systems are outlined as one of the focus areas of the roadmap.

PROJECT OUTPUTS

“Hungry for Åland”

One output of the project was an online course to help project co-ordinators & food hubsters create their own thriving food systems. The course addresses issues of today & “what could be”, how a thriving food system could be structured & activated, and start-up tools to get things moving. We also created a more in-depth How-To Playbook to support food hub creators in planning the development work.

The Thriving Food System model sits at the core of our mission in Shout a Round – part of a movement to co-create great future food systems.

“How to create your own thriving food hub”

Playbook for creating a thriving food systems

Results of the Sustainable Regional Food System project

Thriving Food Systems & Food Citizenship

Thriving Food System foundations

Food Citizenship foundations

With Shout a Round we are contributing to a movement of co-creating thriving food systems for the future.

We want to boost your confidence to become a food citizen, invite you into a What if- space for understanding and innovation, equip you with tools to move your thinking forward, and help you wave goodbye to linear industrial thinking, vulnerable business models and forces that makes our food unhealthy, unsustainable, anonymous and unequal.

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