Resource-saving and animal-friendly farming, manufacturing and provision processes together with increased awareness among consumers for the impacts of their diets on the environment and the climate form the basis of sustainable nutrition. Plant cultivation and livestock farming remain connected with negative impacts on, above all, the soil, biodiversity, water quality and air quality.
The projects we fund are aimed at reducing the environmental impacts at every stage of the value chain for food and beverages (e.g. processing, retail), including agricultural production. Another pressing issue is preventable food waste that occurs all along the food value chain, but to the greatest extent amongst consumers. All of the parties involved in this process, but in particular consumers themselves, play a major role in reducing food waste. Increased awareness of sustainable agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, storage and preparation of food is required. When it comes to establishing sustainable nutrition, all stakeholders need to be educated and we need to establish alternative behaviours. Providing consumers with productand process-related information regarding sustainability that is easy to understand could make a huge difference.
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In particular, the following measures are eligible:
Resource-saving, animal-friendly concepts for environmentally friendly food production
Energy-efficient and loss-reducing provisioning processes along the value chain for food (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, processing, storage, transport)
Projects to prevent food loss and food waste in grocery stores as well as among private and bulk consumers and restaurants (purchasing, understanding shelf life information, storage and processing)
Approaches to process and product-specific sustainability assessment in the food industry and communicating sustainability information along the value chain all the way to the consumer
Education on how to make decisions and take actions in terms of nutrition and sustainable use and handling of food, especially for children and young people
Research, development and real-world implementation of processes and products for environmentally-friendly plant protection, particularly for organic farms
Take a look at the flyer for further information and exemplary DBU-funded projects.