Hungry for Saltvik

Getting nutrient circulation going in Saltvik

Food Citizens as Implementers of Agro-Ecological Symbioses

Case Saltvik: 6/2019 – 11/2021

Food Citizens as Implementers of Agro-Ecological Symbioses is a project run by Invenire Market Intelligence Oy. Main financing of the project comes from the Ministry of Environment, while Orkla Snacks & Confectionary Finland is a co-financer. The project runs from June 2019 until November 2021. Project activities take place in Saltvik, Åland.

Why nutrient circulation?

The core of this project is about getting nutrients to circulate better, with Saltvik as a pioneer case.

Nutrient circulation is a crucial issue for the future of food. Nature’s own inherent recycling system [the ‘nutrient cycle’] has been disrupted by many effects of modern food production.

We need to help get nutrients circulating to where nature intended and get the nutrient cycle functioning properly again. And it needs everyone actively involved to make this happen.

Goals of the Project

1. Enhancing nutrient circulation within food systems

Getting nutrients that already exist in the local food system to circulate better & remain within the system.

2. Strengthening food systems & Food Citizenship

Getting all the members of the local food system to improve nutrient circulation through active participation.

How we’ll do it

1. Get nutrients to start circulating better in practice

PRACTICAL FIRST ACTIVITIES

Nutrient circulation also offers us the chance to produce renewable energy.

Orkla AES

Helping in practical issues to set up a flow of circulated nutrients between Orkla biogas plant and local farms (Agro-ecological symbiosis model)

Farmer Engagement

Creating an active involvement with local farmers to ideate new local opportunities within nutrient circulation

Future Activities

Mapping out further possibilities for agro-ecological symbiosis locally with Helsinki University

What is agro-ecological symbiosis?

Agro-ecological symbiosis (AES) is an approach developed by researchers at Helsinki University.

It is a new, transformative model for adaptive and resilient localized food production and consumption.

An AES is formed by farms, small and medium-scale food processors, and bioenergy producers working as one system, in close proximity to each other. The physical proximity is dictated by the ecological necessity of the logistics of the recycling bioeconomy. Multiple AESs have the potential to form regional networks, composing a bioregional, ecologically and socially sustainable food system, boosting rural livelihoods and enriching food cultures.

The AES model enables nutrient flows, and also the opportunity to create renewable energy.

2. Find the path for all of us to collaborate on nutrient circulation

PRACTICAL FIRST ACTIVITIES

Lake Fladan

Helping farmers located around Lake Fladan to come up with practical ways they can restore the nutrient-dense lake for better use

Empowering Farmers

Equipping & skilling up the farmers to become ambassadors for educating & inspiring others to act

Activating Eaters

Create a platform for Eaters to get inspired & gain credit for actions within the home & the community

Community Building

Communications to incite engagement & make actions easy to adopt

So where is this project headed?

PART OF CREATING SOMETHING BIGGER

Nutrient circulation is the foundation of creating good food systems for the future. Nutrient circulation is vital for soil health, which forms the basis for our entire food system. And it’s connected to many central food system issues.

 Therefore, getting nutrient circulation going is the first step towards creating thriving food systems that are enabled by active Food Citizens.

Thriving Food Systems

WHAT ARE THEY? AND WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

We’ve known for some time the current linear model of food production is negatively affecting the wellbeing of our world. But we can go beyond merely fixing the problems. Food systems could be something that helps drive us positively forward & help set up societies to prosper in the future.

We can create food systems that help us all thrive in the future – farmers, producers, Eaters, societies and nature. The point of thriving food systems is to create and foster positive impacts, and generate more value.

Nutrient circulation is the foundational first step towards creating thriving food systems.

Benefits of a Thriving Food System

HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE FOOD THE NORM

BETTER DEAL FOR FARMERS & PRODUCERS

COMMUNITIES THAT ARE FUTURE FIT

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS

REVOLUTIONARY NEW IDEAS

Food Citizenship

WHAT IS IT? AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Food Citizenship is at the heart of creating good food systems. Traditionally, Eaters have had little opportunity to actively participate in their food system. A Food Citizen is described as “someone who wants to, can and does shape the food system for the better, and encourages others to do the same” (Source: The New Citizenship Project)

Food Citizenship is both a tool, and a state of mind. When Eaters see themselves as food citizens – rather than purely consumers at the end of the food chain – it empowers them to act & be part of creating the good food systems they’re seeking.

The Food Citizenship Mindset

When an Eater takes up their Food Citizenship, they start asking questions about what they’re buying & eating, and reflect these in their purchasing choices. These can be classified under Smart Action Areas –

“What is it that I’m eating?”

“Who made it, how & where?

“How is it packaged and delivered to me, and how do I consume it ?”

“How does this contribute to who I am?”

Active Food Citizens play an integral role in circulating nutrients. They have the ability to help nutrients circulate effectively through their shopping choices, minimising food waste & how they manage their food waste disposal.

Get in touch with us!

Project contact:

Johanna Tanhuanpää

johanna.tanhuanpaa@invenire.fi | +358 40 8228 140

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