Advancing an Integrative Framework to Evaluate Sustainability in National Dietary Guidelines

  title={Advancing an Integrative Framework to Evaluate Sustainability in National Dietary Guidelines},
  author={Selena Ahmed and Shauna M Downs and Jessica C. Fanzo},
  journal={Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems},
The food system is responsible for some of society’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Dietary guidelines are one policy tool to help address the multiple sustainability challenges associated with food systems through dietary recommendations that better support environmental and human wellbeing. This article develops and applies a sustainability framework scoring tool comprised of four key dimensions (environmental, economic, human health, and sociocultural and political) and 32 sub… 

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