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True cost of food: unpacking the value of the food system

Published: 22 Oct 2018
Type: Publication

FReSH’s True Cost of Food Discussion Paper identifies the methodological and data gaps that need to be filled to make TCA more robust, consistent and user-friendly. We also explore what is required to establish true cost approaches in the business environment, moving TCA from corporate sustainability teams to the desks of CEOs and CFOs. These organizational dimensions are especially critical in making TCA a core tool of strategic business decision-making.

Finally, we discuss how to work with NGOs and policy experts to integrate aspects of true cost in long-term planning and implementation, either directly through taxes, incentives and subsidies, or through softer approaches such as public purchasing guidelines. Ultimately, these policy levers could drive widespread and systemic changes in the production and consumption of food – TCA can help us achieve the common goal of healthy and sustainable food systems for all.

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