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Tarasenka, Aleksej, 2022. The transition towards sustainable food systems : A study on the development of aquaponics andits market penetration in Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Department of Molecular Sciences

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A food system includes many processes and actors that interact at different levels to maintain human` access to food. As the need for the food increases due to population growth, the activities associated with obtaining the food led to pressure on the environment. Climate change, nitrogen and phosphorus flows, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, and extinction of species are directly related to the agri-food system. Therefore, transforming food production in line with the principles of the SDGs is a major challenge for all of humanity. Aquaponics (AP) is an innovative method of food production that offers sustainability solutions and therefore may be an option for the agri-food transformation. The aim of this thesis was to understand the opportunities and barriers for AP development in Sweden and how AP may penetrate the mainstream market. A qualitative study was conducted with representatives of the Swedish agri-food system where the data was collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed throw the theoretical lens of the multi-level perspective (MLP) and the concept of protective space. Results showed that there are possibilities as well as blocking mechanisms for the development of AP in Sweden concerning conventional fish and vegetable production. To leave the innovation space and integrate into the market, it is necessary to transform the regime by stretching the legislation and changing the norms and routine for the AP integrated system. Since the AP product fits the norms of the market and the consumers food culture, its further distribution depends on enlightenment and marketing strategies.

Main title:The transition towards sustainable food systems
Subtitle:A study on the development of aquaponics andits market penetration in Sweden
Authors:Tarasenka, Aleksej
Supervisor:Spendrup, Sara and Khalli, Sammar
Examiner:Fernqvist, Fredrik
Series:Molecular Sciences
Volume/Sequential designation:2022:21
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM028 Sustainable Food Systems - Master's Programme, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Molecular Sciences
Keywords:sustainability transition, transformation, niche-regime, MLP, protective space, niche-regime interaction, hydroponics, RAS
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Food science and technology
Deposited On:06 Jul 2022 11:59
Metadata Last Modified:15 Dec 2022 00:15

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