Sustainable food chains

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute works with sustainability throughout the food chain, in close collaboration with industry and government organizations.

Sustainable food procurement

We support municipalities and other government organizations with climate-adapted and circular food procurement.

Cultivation and processing

We develop technology and methods for tomorrow’s sustainable food production, together with companies, government agencies and other researchers.

Food waste in the food chain

We work to improve food management through measures that reduce food waste and save on resources.

A selection of our practical work in the food sector

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Collaboration to reduce food waste – SAMS

Our collaboration to reduce food waste, known by its Swedish acronym SAMS, is a national agreement in which stakeholders in the food chain collaborate to identify where food waste and food loss arise, as well as their underlying causes. Voluntary agreements have proven successful in other European countries.

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Increased donation of food

Industry, academia and civil society are now working together to investigate obstacles and show good examples and efficient working methods to donate surplus food. This is a contribution to reaching the goal of halving food waste by 2030. The project is to result in a handbook to facilitate food donation for all stakeholders in the value chain.

The latest news in the food sector

Research in food

We conduct research and development throughout the food system

Contact IVL's food experts

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Johan Hultén

Food waste and resource efficiency

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Elvira Molin

Sustainable procurement and life cycle analysis

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Michael Martin

Life cycle analysis and sustainable food systems

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Maria Ahlm

Food waste and circular flows

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