BERAS develops and implements practical examples where research, innovation and entrepreneurship from a multi sectorial engagement flow into realistic fully integrated ecological alternatives for the whole food chain from farmer to consumer.
Sustainable Food Societies (SFS) are examples of local food clusters that are socially just, environmentally friendly and economically viable. They involve all actors in the food chain – from farmers to consumers. Farms and gardens that practice ecological regenerative agriculture (ERA) are central actors. These are connected to other actors, such as processors, wholesalers, distributers and consumers in local market clusters. Knowledge exchange is achieved through the ‘triple helix’ involving business sector, authorities, NGOs, research and education. This creates favorable conditions for environmentally friendly food production, sustainable lifestyles and viable communities.
Within the BERAS Implementation project Sustainable Food Societies were established in all countries in the Baltic Sea region.