Farming for the Future – with a focus on the Baltic Sea Region
In this book, Artur Granstedt describes how ecologically adapted farming, based on local recycling and renewable energy sources, can reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and even help to reduce climate change. We are presented with descriptions of the ecosystems that support the health of the biosphere – terrestrial and marine, the climate, and global food production. In addition to that, a historical overview of agricultural practices which can deplete the resources that support our existence is given. The author explains, with examples, how we can restore fertility to the soil, bring depleted land back to bloom and produce food that can nourish the world. In English and Swedish.
Artur Granstedt holds a Ph.D. in Agronomics is Associate Professor at Södertörn University, and Coordinator of the BERAS project (Baltic Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society).
Bra matråd (Food Councils – involving the school pupils in school food). In Sweden it is common to involve pupils in the process of deciding issues around the food in school. The Food Council includes representatives of pupils of all classes, teachers and the school kitchen personnel. This method is in Sweden known as ”Matråd” – Food Councils. The Food Council is a good entry point for introducing Diet for a Clean Baltic in the school. The book ”Bra Matråd” is a summary of many years of practical experience and has been identified by the BERAS Implementation project as a key tool for Basic Education. In Swedish.
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Comparing Studies of Farming Systems: Soil, Food, Sea and Climatic Consequences
(Jorden, maten, havet och klimatet: framtidens jordbruk i Östersjöområdet). Short presentation to use in exhibitions with many illustrating graphs, concluding the results made by the project coordinator Artur Granstedt in his book Farming for the Future – with a focus on the Baltic Sea Region” In English and in Swedish.
The Bag of Groceries
The Bag of Groceries (Matkassen). A thematic course for age 16-19. After a short theory introduction a real bag of groceries from the nearest supermarket is presented in the classroom with the question; ”Where does this come from?” A study book goes with the course, but most of it is students work – and after two months work a study visit where all students stay on farms and get a chance to help on the farm and discuss in depth with farmers who actually produce the food to the grocery bag. The course started in 1992 and has been successful and runs still today. In Swedish.
The project is also mentioned in Hållbar Utveckling i Praktiken (Sustainable Development in Practice) by Skolutvecklingsmyndigheten (School Development Authority of Sweden) 2004.
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Quiz – Breakfast for a Clean Baltic!
Find out how your breakfast and the Baltic Sea are connected and test your knowledge in the quiz. In English and German.
Diet for a Clean Baltic
(Diet for our Green Planet). 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. There are six criteria that 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 fertilizers and long transports of produce. Read more about the work and the people and the countries involved here
Sustainable Food Societies
The comprehensive competence present in the BERAS Implementation project, together with what is to be developed during the project period will be available in BERAS Implementation Centres. Based on ecological recycling agriculture they will constitute fully integrated, full scale examples of Sustainable Food Societies. Such centers are being established in all 9 participating countries and Russia. By developing local food clusters – Sustainable Food Societies – the goal is to establish new relationships between different actors in the food chain. Read more about the work and the people and the countries involved here
Ekomat i skolan
Ekomat i skolan (Organic food in school) is a web tool for school’s work with food, environment and health. Teachers, staff and students get inspiration and help to use food and school meals as an educational tool for sustainable development. Here are links, tips and suggestions how to practically act to reduce the environmental impact on the Baltic Sea and increase student participation in the work. Students, teachers and cooks at primary and secondary schools have together created Organic food in school and will develop the site continuously. In Swedish. English version coming soon.
Vandens lašo kelionė į Baltijos jūrą
Vandens lašo kelionė į Baltijos jūrą (The travel of a water drop to the Baltic Sea) is written for basic school teachers with a number of examples of school project works connected to Ecological Agriculture and Diet for a Clean Baltic. It is 145 pages long, with subtitles as”Problems of environmental protection in the Baltic Sea” and “About the farming friendlier to the Baltic Sea”. In Lithuanian
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