A1 Journal article (refereed)
Just transition principles and criteria for food systems and beyond (2022)

Tribaldos, T., & Kortetmäki, T. (2022). Just transition principles and criteria for food systems and beyond. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 43, 244-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2022.04.005

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Tribaldos, Theresa; Kortetmäki, Teea

Journal or series: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

ISSN: 2210-4224

eISSN: 2210-4232

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 20/04/2022

Volume: 43

Pages range: 244-256

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2022.04.005

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80867


In this article, we propose a framework of principles and criteria for just transitions in food systems. Climate mitigation activities are urgently needed in food systems, but can have damaging social, environmental, economic, and health impacts. Consequently, food system transitions can cause significant side effects across and beyond food systems, aggravating existing inequalities and unsustainabilities, causing new ones, or hampering equal engagement in the transition itself. Thus, justice questions stand at the core of assessing decarbonization pathways and policies and must link to other sectors as well: Who bears the costs and who enjoys the benefits of the transitions? Can transitions be inclusive, leaving no one behind? We examine the establishment and purpose of general principles and food system-specific criteria for just transition, present the framework – standards for judging, evaluating, and deliberating justice in food system transitions – and reflect upon the uses of the framework and future developments.

Keywords: food systems; climate policy; justice; social justice; global justice

Free keywords: Low-carbon transitions; Justice principles; Just transition criteria; Guiding decision-making and policy implementation

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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