Towards a sustainable Swedish food system – a knowledge synthesis of environmental impacts and policy options

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Through this new project, funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, we aim to synthesise existing knowledge on the effect of policy measures to reduce environmental impacts of Swedish food consumption. We will do a systematic literature mapping of the evidence on policy options for transforming food consumption to decrease environmental pressures, to identify research… Continue reading Towards a sustainable Swedish food system – a knowledge synthesis of environmental impacts and policy options

New publication: The climate impact of excess food intake in Sweden

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The environmental impacts of food systems and the negative health consequences of excess food intake are well-acknowledged global issues. However, the climate impact of excess food intake, or metabolic food waste, has been less investigated. In this study we investigated the amount of metabolic food waste and its climate impact in Sweden. Excess food intake… Continue reading New publication: The climate impact of excess food intake in Sweden

Five new projects to the group!

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Formas has recenely granted the group four new projects and the Swedish Energy Agency one. They are described shortly below. Loss of beef during primary production in Sweden: quantities, causes, food potential and carbon footprint and economically assessed measures. PI: Ingrid Strid, ingrid.strid@slu.se  Budget: 8 million SEK Project period: 2021-2025 Summary: Reduced food loss and… Continue reading Five new projects to the group!

New publication: Time-dependent climate impact of beef production

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In this study we investigated the climate impact of beef production, including changes in soil organic carbon and using two different climate metrics, GWP100 and AGTP. For the later, a time-dependent life cycle assessment was performed in which yearly fluxes of greenhouse gases were considered and the climate impact in terms of temperature response over… Continue reading New publication: Time-dependent climate impact of beef production

Ph.D. project: Sustainability assessment of food donation as a food waste management option

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Surplus food redistribution, or food donation, has been advocated as a simultaneous solution to coexisting food wastage and food insecurity. Globally, an estimated one-third of the total food production goes lost or wasted, while 2 billion people still lack regular access to nutritious foods and 690 million people are hungry. Even in a high-income country… Continue reading Ph.D. project: Sustainability assessment of food donation as a food waste management option

Sustainable diets: We also need to think about fat

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The average consumption of fats in many populous regions of the world is below nutritional recommendations. But how do we increase fat production sustainably, when so much of the fat traces back to livestock sources and deforestation? There is a consensus that high-income countries need to reduce the consumption of animal-based products due to their… Continue reading Sustainable diets: We also need to think about fat

A food system approach to assessing sustainable and resilient farming

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A recent study published by the Food System Group’s researchers Elin Röös and Bojana Bajželj study a farm that has embarked on a transition to become a “sustainable farm of the future” (in the farmer’s own words). The farm, since long a certified organic lamb meat producer, has moved beyond caring for local impacts at… Continue reading A food system approach to assessing sustainable and resilient farming

Assessing circular food systems: Fish oil substitute produced from food waste

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Imagine that you buy three bags of food at the grocery store and throw away one of them before you get home. Seems crazy right? But the truth is that about one-third of the food produced today is wasted, meaning that a considerable amount of food is produced in vain. Overproduction, cosmetic standards, inefficient logistics and overconsumption… Continue reading Assessing circular food systems: Fish oil substitute produced from food waste

Assessing the Circularity of Nutrient Flows in the Okanagan Bioregion, BC Canada

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Recent years have seen a steep rise in the interest in ‘nutrient circularity’, ‘closing the nutrient loop’, ‘circular nutrient solutions’, and ‘circular nutrient economy’. As part of a broader food system design project in the Okanagan Bioregion, BC Canada, we took the opportunity to help stakeholders in the bioregion better understand current levels of nutrient… Continue reading Assessing the Circularity of Nutrient Flows in the Okanagan Bioregion, BC Canada

Organic and conventional Swedish pork production compared

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Organic Swedish pig production according to KRAV’s regulations performed better than conventional Swedish pig production on 11 of 20 sustainability indicators if the comparison was made per kg of pork, and on 18 out of 20 indicators if the comparison was made per hectare. The indicators included both environmental, social and economic aspects. The organic… Continue reading Organic and conventional Swedish pork production compared