Thursday 21 November 2019 | Scotland House, Brussels |
Lunchtime Seminar: A new perspective on Water-Energy-Food Systems, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 2
There is growing recognition that we need systemic approaches to understanding and managing our world, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See for example, the new commission’s mandate for a food systems strategy from ‘farm to fork’ and a growing emphasis on the circular economy. To achieve this, new tools and approaches may be needed.
This seminar addresses this challenge by presenting work from the H2020 MAGIC project, in relation to SDG2 (Nutrition, Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture). We will explain a ‘Societal Metabolism Analysis’ and how this can be applied to existing European datasets such as from the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) to demonstrate the biophysical flows of inputs and outputs associated with different types of European farms. This approach allows us to analyse the flows of biophysical resources (e.g. soil, nutrients, water) and socio-technical resources (e.g. subsidies) associated with different types of farming systems and different places, and allows us to ‘zoom’ across levels to consider, for example, the consequences beyond Europe. The presentation of the method and its implications will be followed by a discussion on sustainable agriculture, and what societal or policy shifts might be assist in ensuring this.
If you would like to attend, please contact Alba Juarez-Bourke (Alba.JuarezBourke@hutton.ac.uk) by 15th November. Lunch and refreshments will be available. The main presentation is 1 hour followed by an optional discussion for an hour: a more detailed agenda will be provided closer to the time.
The seminar will be led by researchers at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). For more information about our project, please email or visit our website https://magic-nexus.eu.