What may food production that is both ecologically and economically sustainable be like? In order to answer questions like this and spread and deepen knowledge about farming and food and their relationship to environmental issues BERAS Implementation is developing educational programmes and materials for lifelong learning: from basic school to university level, including farmers, advisers and teachers.

A five weeks long (7,5 ECTS) summer course for university students is going to take place in 2012. The theme is Sustainable Food Societies for a Clean Baltic. The course will among other issues address: What is a food society? How does the food society contribute to the environmental situation in the Baltic Sea? How can plant and animal production be part of a sustainable agriculture? Two of these five weeks, 23 July – 3 August, will be spent in Sweden at Campus Järna, some 40 km south from Stockholm. The area around Campus Järna offers a unique set of organic farms, food enterprises, retailers etc giving the students good opportunities to get a grasp of all aspects of a sustainable food society.

For questions and more information please contact:

Södertälje municipality - Diet Unit (for basic schools)

Sara Jervfors

Elin Waltersson

Biodynamic Research Institute (University level)

Lars Kjellenberg

Did you know?

Clover and other leguminous species have the capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen due to their symbiosis with rhizobium bacteria in their root nodules.

The nitrogen fixated in the soil functions as fertilizer for other crops in a crop rotation.

Fixation of nitrogen builds up the humus content in the soil which also has the advantage of reducing it as a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere