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The role of algae in a sustainable food system - environment and nutrition

The future supply and consumption of algae is expected to increase both in Sweden and globally, with great commercial potential. The project will meet the need for increased knowledge about algae's environmental impact, nutritional quality and health effects. The results will be useful as a guide to sustainable production and consumption of algae.

The overall purpose of the project is to compile and evaluate current knowledge about algae, regarding environmental, nutritional and health effects. The project will focus on species of algae of the highest relevance to European production and consumption. More specifically, the project will:

  • Generate a unique overview of environmental, nutritional and toxicological differences between different algae and production methods
  • Identify potential synergies and/or conflicts between these three sustainability perspectives
  • Identify key issues to consider when developing algae as healthy foods with low environmental impact
  • Identify knowledge gaps and needs for future research, which are of central importance for the future development of healthy and sustainable algae-based foods.

Previous research led by RISE showed great variation in climate impact and nutrient quality between different seafoods. This research has received a great deal of attention. A common follow-up question has been how algae would perform in comparison with other seafood and terrestrial animals. The knowledge compilations from this project will bring greater clarity to this, as well as to the question of how to optimize the production and processing of algae-based foods, from an environmental and health perspective.

Summary

Project name

Algae in a sustainable food system

Status

Active

RISE role in project

Koordinator

Project start

Duration

1 år

Total budget

1 500 000 SEK

Partner

Chalmers tekniska högskola, KTH

Funders

Forskningsrådet Formas

Project members

External press

Supports the UN sustainability goals

3. Good health and well-being
12. Responsible consumption and production
14. Life below water
Marta Angela Bianchi

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Marta Angela Bianchi

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Susanne Bryngelsson

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Susanne Bryngelsson

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