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“True” costs for food system reform

This report from the John Hopkins Centre for a Livable Future reviews the most prominent publications on True Cost Accounting, i.e. assessment of the externalities caused by an industry. It looks at how various True Cost Accounting frameworks can be applied to the food system.

The UK’s Sustainable Food Trust discusses the report here.

Read the full report, “True” costs for food system reform: an overview of true cost accounting literature and initiatives, here or here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource building block What is feed-food competition?, which discusses the economic concepts of negative and positive externalities.

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North America

North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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