Building blocks provide introductions to the key ideas that underpin thinking and discussions on food system sustainability. If you have any suggestions for new building blocks, let us know here.

Chickens at Johnson Farms by Rick Obst via Flickr

The role of animals in food systems, and the degree to which their needs should be accounted for as compared to humans, are ethical issues about which there is both concern and disagreement. 

This building block explains what is meant by the concept of animal welfare.

Last update: 15 Dec, 2017

Amazon land use by CIAT via Flickr

Human use and alteration of land has had profound effects on the environment, both locally where it takes place, and at the planetary scale via climate change and other mechanisms. 

This building block explains what is meant by land use and land use change, and direct and indirect causes of land use change.

Last update: 15 Dec, 2017

Many social, economic, moral, and environmental concerns are interconnected and interact with each other through food, and do so in complex ways. In order to understand this, we need to apply a 'systems thinking' approach to food.

This building block explains what is meant by the term 'food system' and provides a brief introduction to the food systems approach. 

Last update: 15 Dec, 2017