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Future Nordic Diets – Exploring ways for sustainably feeding the Nordics

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In December we presented the report "Future Nordic Diets – Exploring ways to sustainably feeding the Nordics", which describes two food system scenarios for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, where the majority of food is produced within the region using organic farming practices and where livestock is mainly fed on grass and by-products not suitable for human consumption. The results show that we could feed the projected Nordic population in 2030 on organic food, mostly grown within the region, while reducing the climate and nitrogen footprints of our food system.


10:00 Welcome by project leader Kajsa Pira and facilitator Afton Halloran

10:10 Presentation of report by main author Johan Karlsson

10:40 Feedback from experts:

Agrocology, Erik Steen Jensen, Professor at the Institutionen for Biosystems and Technology, SLU

Carbon storage, Katarina Hedlund, Professor at the department of Biology, Lund University

Closing nutrient loops, Rasmus Einarsson, Chalmers University

Small farmers reality, Rose Bergslid, farmer and adviser at Norsøk

11:30 Common discussion/debate

12:00 Lunch

13:00 How to change diets (panel)

Anna Richert, Senior expert on Sustainable Food, WWF Sweden

Karolina Östbring, Researcher on rapeseed protein as human food, LTH

Susanna Kugelberg, Public health consultant

Thomas Rolands, CSR manager, Coop Denmark

Jannie Vestergaard, Slow food Copehagen

14:30 Coffee

15:00 How to change agriculture (panel)

Stein Brubaek, Norsk Bonde- och Småbrukarlag

Riitta Savikko, Luke, Finland

Niels Andresen, Ekologiska lantbrukarna, Sweden

Maria Dirke, LRF / The Federation of Swedish Farmers

Leif Bach Jørgensen, The Ecological Council, Denmark

16:30 Closing of conference.

The event is part of project run by AirClim, Norsk Bonde- og Småbrukarlag, NOAH, Frie bønder - Levende land, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Johan Karlsson is the main author of the report "Future Nordic Diets" and a PhD candidate at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His research is on sustainable food systems and land use with a focus on the competition for arable land and other resources between livestock feed production and plant based food production. In his work he tries to answer if/when/how animal based foods can contribute to food system sustainability.

Professor Erik Steen Jensen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), chair the Cropping Systems Ecology group at SLU Alnarp. He is an agronomist and soil scientist and has obtained his PhD and Dr.agro. from Copenhagen University. His main competences are within diversification of cropping systems, legumes, agroecology, organic farming and C-N cycling of soils. He teach and is co-responsible for the SLU MSc program in Agroecology.

Rasmus Einarsson is a PhD student at the division of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research takes a systems perspective on nitrogen flows in the food system and he aims to understand how structural parameters in agriculture, such as intensity and specialization, may reshape nutrient flows and especially nitrogen pollution of the environment.

Rose Bergslid has comprehensive experience of Norwegian agriculture, from several perspectives. Both as small farmer, former agricultural manager, adviser at the Norwegian Center for Organic Farming and Møre and Romsdal small farmer union. She covers many different fields of expertise, such as environmentally- and climate-friendly milk production, soil protection, grazing and better utilization of animal manure.

Anna Richert is Senior Expert in Food at WWF Sweden. She has worked extensively with sustainability issues in the food supply chain and is currently involved in the WWF Sweden Meat Guide, the Swedish Sustainable Supply Chain for Food and the global WWF Food Practice. In previous jobs she has been a consultant in sustainable sanitation and participated in the creation of a climate certification for food in Sweden.

Karolina Östbring is a researcher at Dept. Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, Lund University. Her research is focused on plant protein processing and how waste streams in the agricultural sector can be upcycled and used for food. Östbring did her PhD in the field of appetite regulation and is interested in how food processing affects human health.

Susanna Kugelberg, Phd Med Sci, work as a consultant has included strategic analysis related to on public health, gender, governance and stakeholder engagement at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Division of Noncommunicable diseases and the Lifecourse since 2013. She is also co-chairing the Expert Panel in Food and Nutrition, under the UN Convention of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), where we are defining future scenarios for sustainable production and consumption. She holds a MSc in Political Science from Lund’s University and a PhD in Public Health from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Jannie Vestergaard is the head of Taste of Skåne at Skåne Food Innovation Network, phd in sensory science and member of steering group Slow Food Copenhagen.

Niels Andresen is the manager for Organic Farmers in Sweden and has worked with organic farming for the past 30 years with practical agriculture, advice and research. He is convinced that organic farming is the solution to many of the challenges we face to develop a sustainable food system - but there is much we need to develop!

Stein Brubæk is a farmer on Nordvestlandet in Norway. The farm has 8 cows and 30 goats. The farm has its own dairy and is run according to agroecological principles and all products are sold locally, cheese, butter and cream, meat, sausages and vegetables. He is a county leader in Møre og Romsdal small farmer union and head of the International Committee of Norsk Bonde- and Småbrukarlag. He is also involved in the European Coordination Via Campesina working with food sovereignty and agroecology.

Riitta Savikko work as a researcher in Natural Resources Institute Finland and coordinate a project called Climate-wise solutions for the countryside. It is a communication project, main stakeholders farmers and rural advisors, project is funded from EAFRD. She is interested in rural solutions for coping with climate change and co-creation of those solutions.

Maria Dirke has a Master of Science in Agriculture. She is a senior advisor in Sustainable Food Production with a background in extension and policy work, national and international issues. Maria is experienced in organic and conventional food production, has held positions at Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations, National Board of Agriculture, Swedish Organic Farmers Association and Federation of Swedish Farmers.

Leif Bach Jørgensen is a former Danish organic farmer, now working in the environmental NGO, Danish Ecological Council. Political regulation and lobbying, combined with a holistic framework is special for the DEC, as well as for the agricultural policy-work of Leif. He is the project manager in the Future Farming project – see . The aim of the project is to find synergies, addressing both climate, nature, environment – air and water, resources (phosphorus) and socioeconomic challenges. Leif has also covered the development of the EU Common Agricultural Policy for many years.

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