RESEARCH

BERAS International Network facilitates transnational research collaborations (projects and applications) addressing environmental, economic and social aspects of agriculture and the food system. This includes the following areas:

  • environmental aspects of food and farming systems, including life cycle analysis
  • sustainable agricultural field practices/technics
  • animal welfare (with respect to agriculture and food sector)
  • food quality (with respect to different farming systems, processing and distribution)
  • socio-economic aspects of sustainable food systems
    and rural development

Research is conducted in close cooperation with practitioners and stakeholders within the BERAS International Network with the aim to evaluate existing practices, to develop next practices and to stimulate sustainable innovations.

Scientific background

The BERAS 2003-2006 project addressed the need to analyse the environmental and socio-economic consequences of Ecological Regenerative Agriculture as well as the opportunities and obstacles facing the various actors in the food system, i.e. producers, processors, traders and consumers.

Studies of various aspects of the whole food system have been carried out with 20 partner institutions and more than 50 academic researchers in the 8 EU member states around the Baltic Sea: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The whole executive summary and the seven research reports are available under “publications”.

In BERAS Implementation 2010-2013 researchers and experts assisted in evaluating the environmental, economic and social impacts of conversion to Ecological Regenerative Agriculture in the Baltic Sea region, as well as in developing tools, policies and recommendations promoting Ecological Regenerative Agriculture, Sustainable Food Societies and Diet for a Clean Baltic. The results are presented at:
BERAS Implementation’s website