Phase 2 for Mistra Food Futures

Mistra Food Futures receives an additional 64 million from Mistra the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research to make Sweden’s food system more sustainable and resilient.

The research program Mistra Food Futures began in August 2020 with the overarching vision of creating a science-based platform that contributes to transforming the Swedish food system into one that is sustainable, resilient, and delivers healthy dietary habits. Mistra Food Futures is now entering its next phase as a well-established science-based platform.

The program, which involves researchers from a wide range of disciplines in social, natural sciences, and technology, is led and coordinated by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in collaboration with the research institute RISE, the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, and the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The collaboration also includes the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, as well as various government agencies and key actors within the Swedish food system. Phase two, spanning 4,5 years, also gathers an academic community of doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to contribute to the development of future researchers in sustainable food systems.

– We are extremely pleased to receive renewed trust to work on these important issues of how the food system can become more sustainable and resilient. During phase two, we will continue to work in line with the overarching vision of being a scientifically based knowledge platform, actively contributing to the transformation of the Swedish food system, now also with a global perspective. Given the increased geopolitical tensions and resource scarcity resulting from recent societal developments, we will also highlight the preparedness perspective in the food system, says Helena Hansson, program director of Mistra Food Futures.

The way we produce and consume food must fundamentally change to meet future challenges. The diverse composition of universities, research institutes, government agencies, regions, businesses, and industry organizations creates unique opportunities for the program to take a holistic approach to all aspects of the food system.

– Science-based discussions among multiple actors within the food system are needed more than ever to drive food systems towards a more sustainable and resilient path, where food supply can be secured through sustainable production methods and consumption patterns,” says Per-Anders Hansson, deputy program director of Mistra Food Futures.

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