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HOW SOCIAL ENTERPRISES CONTRIBUTE TO 

 

 

 SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

 

 

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What does it mean for a social enterprise to take food into account?
 
Social enterprise experiences in the sustainable food chain are spreading in various regions of Europe and include a wide range of initiatives. These experiences show that social enterprises are engaged in a search for new ways of interacting in the production and consumption of food, while showing an active and participatory commitment to their communities.
 
As a social economy expert, DIESIS has conducted a research about the role of Social Enterprises as tool in the food system to creating, developing and diffusing ideas and solutions towards the sustainability.
 
We have investigated social enterprises that are part of sustainable food systems across Europe. Our study focuses on the role of the social enterprises and presents some good practices of social enterprises involved in creating sustainable food systems. Through these experiences we discovered different approaches to achieving similar goals: in some cases we found innovative solutions while in other cases the preservation of tradition showed itself to be the right way to deal with the challenge of that specific territory. 
 
This research has enabled us to elaborate some observations on the role of social economy organisations in the implementation of actions toward sustainable food systems.