Protein Transition in the Food System and Sustainability

A hybrid seminar on Mon 25 October 14:00-16:00 (EEST, Finnish time)

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Format: A hybrid seminar
Venue for remote participants: Zoom
Venue for on-site participants: University of Helsinki, Latokartanonkaari 7, Helsinki; Forest Sciences Building (Metsätieteiden talo), Hall 108 (B3)

Leg4Life project (Legumes for Sustainable Food System and Healthy Life) organizes a seminar to discuss about protein transition – shifting the emphasis of protein consumption from animal-derived to plant-based products, and how it links to sustainability in food systems. Especially, the role of legumes as a sustainable protein source – the idea recently reinvented in Europe, will be argued.

The seminar presents experts who will answer the questions: What is the future role of legumes in the European context? How legumes contribute to a more sustainable food system both in agriculture and consumption? How sustainable food can be defined in the complex food system?

This event is aimed for researchers, decision-makers, food producers, students and all who are interested in food systems and sustainable diets.

The recording of the seminar is available until 10 November, 2021.

Keynote speakers:
Tim Benton, Research Director, Emerging Risks; Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House & Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds
Ulf Sonesson, Associate Professor, Research and Business Manager, Bioeconomy and Health, Department Agriculture and Food, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Marta Vasconcelos, Head of Scientific Strategy and Internationalization, Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Program (subject to change):
14:00 Welcoming words – Sirpa Kurppa, Chairperson of Scientific Advisory Board at the Leg4Life project
14:05 Introduction to the Leg4Life project – Anne-Maria Pajari, Associate Professor, Leg4Life Project Leader, University of Helsinki
14:20 Transitioning to locally grown legume-based systems in Europe – Marta Vasconcelos
14:50 Approaches to food sustainability in the planetary system – Tim Benton
15:20 The role of legumes in a sustainable food system – Ulf Sonesson
15:50 Summary – Sirpa Kurppa
16:00 Seminar ends



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