By 2050 the world is expected to generate about 3.4 billion tons of waste. A large part of this waste stream could be reused or recycled, however without intervention most of this waste will end up dumped or in landfill or incineration sites.
With the aim of reducing environmental impacts while addressing societal demands for safe, nutritious and affordable meat and dairy products, PATHWAYS is about identifying and increasing sustainable practices along the supply and production chains of the European livestock sector.
Food systems are not providing sustainable healthy diets for everyone, everywhere. Healthy diets are unaffordable for 3 billion people, and poor quality diets are associated with all forms of malnutrition and 11 million premature adult deaths each year.
Ensuring sustainable food systems requires vastly reducing its environmental and health costs while making healthy and sustainable food affordable to all. In current food systems many of the costs of harmful foods and benefits of healthful foods are externalized, i.
Source: Dhaka Food System Foresight Dashboard
In a unique food system approach, institutes of Wageningen University & Research have integrated their expertise on diverse aspects that include food system governance, consumer behavior, food economy, agricultural production, logistics, spatial planning, and impact assessments of interventions.
The Challenges of Global Agriculture in a Climate Change context (AgCLIM50) is funded by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and implemented by the ENgAGE (Expert Network for Agro-Economic modelling) consortium represented by Wageningen Economic Research.
In the BATMODEL project 15 organizations and research institutes from 10 EU countries cooperate to create better cross-border agricultural trade models than has been the case so far, thus helping decision-makers to achieve better multilateral and regional agreements.
The Biotechnology based Ecologically Balanced Sustainable Industrial Consortium (BE-BASIC) aims to develop industrial biobased solutions to build a sustainable society. The MAGNET model is used to assess the macro-economic and food security impacts of a shift towards a bio-based society to 2050.
The global food system is under increasing pressure from population growth, unequal income distribution, natural resource constraints, climate change and biomass demand for energy and chemical uses. Excessively high food prices may reoccur more frequently, with severe impact on the poor and vulnerable.