A new perspective on water-energy-food systems, in support of SDG 2

21 November 2019
Scotland House, Brussels

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 addressed this challenge by presenting work from the H2020 MAGIC project, in relation to SDG2 (Nutrition, Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture). MAGIC researchers from The James Hutton Institute explained 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 was followed by a discussion on sustainable agriculture, and what societal or policy shifts might be assist in ensuring this. 

The slides presented at the seminar and a brief description of the event can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. For more information about the outcomes and follow-up activities, please contact Kerry.Waylen@hutton.ac.uk.




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