The Responsible food chain – better consumer well-being research area reaches into the future by carrying out comprehensive research on the food chain and its responsibility. The chain forms a ring of players, including e.g. primary production, industry, commerce, consumers and waste management.
The goal of the research area is to reduce the food chain’s negative environmental impacts as well as the lifestyle diseases related to dietary choices and the costs of treating them.
Additionally, the research promotes national health, product safety and animal well-being as well as the functionality and transparency of the food markets.
– Food accounts for as much as 40 per cent of the environmental impacts from consumption. That’s why research focusing on food chains, their footprints and wider responsibility is needed. Every year, up to 10 per cent of social expenses go towards treating lifestyle diseases. A reduction in these diseases would also lead to significant financial savings, says Research Manager Juha-Matti Katajajuuri.
The private sector is also interested in a responsible food chain. Business collaboration is emphasized particularly in research focusing on decreasing the footprint of the food chain and food products and on developing responsibility in the food chain.
- Developing responsibility in the food chain
- Decreasing the footprint of food products and the food chain
- Enabling more responsibility in consumer choices
- Improving national health