Diet for a Clean Baltic
Supporting consumers in their choice of food, be it individual consumers or professional procurers and chefs at restaurants and school kitchens, is one way BERAS Implementation is working to promote ecological recycling agriculture and organic food in general. Our six criteria can guide you in making choices that take into account the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea, protects biodiversity, does not lead to cutting down of rainforest, has positive effects in soil sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere, and avoids unnecessary use of fossil fuels for production of fertilisers and long transports of produce.
The criteria are:
- Good, tasty and healthy food.
- Organic food, preferably from ecological recycling agriculture –for better nutritional value as well as for lesser impact on the environment.
- Local food – to minimize the transport of food.
- Food according to season – reduces costs and increases the variation in food served during the year. Living with seasons requires menus adapted to availability.
- Right balance of food – more vegetables, whole grain and less meat, chicken and pork (80% of vegetables and 20% meat).
- Reducing leftover food – actively minimizing the waste of energy through reductions of leftovers from households and school kitchens.
BERAS Implementation works with chefs from restaurant cuisines and school kitchens, nutrition experts, other food chain experts and food producers from the participating countries. Together with our partners we are compiling food recipes, menus and methods in order to create a delicious and healthy eating experience – and make a difference for a cleaner Baltic Sea.
For questions and more information please contact:
Södertälje municipality - Diet Unit
Consumers and private sector
Saltå Kvarn - organic food company, associated organisation to the project
Did you know?
An average Swede uses 4000 m2 of arable land for their food production.
Half of that area, 2000 m2 per person, would be enough if we reduce the amount of meat to about 20% of the food consumed.
2000 m2 per person corresponds to the average of Earth’s total cultivated area, divided equally among all people.