Theme 9: Sustainable Food Systems


Radovan Kasarda
Prof. Dr. Ing., Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia

Scientific Committee
Radovan Kasarda, Prof. Dr. Ing., Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
Madeleine Granvik, Assoc. Prof., Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden
Kristina Candrakova, PhD. Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia

Theme: Sustainable Food Systems
Key challenges of our time are to sustain the management of agricultural land and develop more resilient food systems to feed a growing world population. It is envisaged that agricultural production will be increasingly impaired due to climate change and the ongoing degradation of natural resources, and due to increasing environmental externalities. Environmental impacts concern land, soil, water, deforestation, and biodiversity loss. In the same time the food system is the leading cause of these negative effects.

Increased effort has to be given to establish clear link between producers, processing and consumers to either increase accessibility of food resources globally and not harming environment by excessive logistic and distribution of it. Present state of the knowledge allows us to develop almost waste free production chain, where each by-product could be further used or processed. Proper management of local plant and animal biodiversity is one of the essential points for establishment of such a chain and achievement of sustainable development.

Citizens lost connection to the agriculture and production of food resources. Education of people, implementation of science in everyday life and change of conventional patterns of management of resources are essential on the path towards sustainability in food systems.