Futures of Food and Consumption

​Ongoing Research and Development Projects:

​Native Crops for Innovative and Sustainable Food Futures in Peru and Colombia (HEI-ICI PECOLO), The objective of the HEI-ICI PECOLO project is to support the HEIs in partner countries to develop skills and knowledge in sustainable, innovative and profitable value chains of the Andean native food plant crops. A network of non-academic partners covering organisations in the food and agricultural sector will be involved in the project. The HEIs will have the tools and knowledge to develop local innovation environments, and to conduct quality research and education on sustainable production and supply chains of nutritious native food crops that meet the development needs of the society. Funding: Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 2017–2019

Novel Protein Sources for Food Security (ScenoProt). Finland is highly dependent on imported crop-derived protein, which is mainly used for animal feed. The self-sufficiency rate is currently around 15 per cent. The Novel Protein Sources for Food Security (ScenoProt) project aims at finding ways to increase this rate to 60 per cent by the year 2030 in order to promote biodiversity, resource efficiency and circular economy. The change requires re-evaluating current production, processing, marketing, policy and consumption practices, in other words the whole food chain. Funding: Academy of Finland: 2015–2018.

The role of farmers’ values and knowledge base in the nitrogen cycle project studies the role of farmers’ values and knowledge in influencing the circulation of nitrogen. Both plants and animals require nitrogen in order to grow. The atmosphere contains plenty of nitrogen, but it needs to be transformed into reactive form and into the soil, where it can be taken up by plants. Disturbances in the nitrogen cycle form one of the most significant threat to the ecosystems of the Earth. The nexus of natural and human processes needs to be investigated to be able to alleviate the related problems. Funding: Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation: 2016–2017. 

Switching to plant-based diets: barriers and possibilities (SWIP) project is to look at the meanings related to food choices, and especially the perceived barriers to switching to a plant-based diet. In addition, consumers’ environmental and health consciousness regarding meat consumption and production are addressed.
Funding: Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and the Turku University Foundation during 2013–2018.




​​Our core research areas:

 Futures of Food

Futures of Consumption

Food Security

Sustainable, innovative and
profitable value chains



 Further information:

​​Riikka Saarimaa
Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 304 2772