Mission and Vision
Needs for effective, innovative, multidisciplinary, labour market-oriented, inclusive education in the EU
Embedded food systems as a target
A food system includes all actors (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructures, markets etc.) and activities related to the production, processing, distribution, marketing, preparation, packaging and consumption of foods, as well as related socio-economic and environmental aspects. In face of global population growth, resource constrains and growing environmental and public health concerns, high priority is given towards developing strategies to improve sustainability of the current food systems. With the further projected population growth, in the next 30 years food production and consumption models will need to undergo massive changes to cover global needs for nutritious and safe food while drastically reducing the environmental footprint. In this regard, embedded food systems, that are resilient, well adapted and anchored in rural communities and territories and primarily managed by local actors, including fair sharing of economic and other value created, may play an important role in the overall food systems shift towards sustainability. However, for this, a support of knowledgeable, skilled and motivated university graduates is of great importance. At the same time hardly any study programmes at European universities thoroughly address this multidisciplinary area.