“In some situations, it is clearly sensible to argue about rises and falls in GDP figures, but in terms of the need for change in the next few decades, that is irrelevant.”
Teivo Teivainen 22.11.2012

What kind of Finland do we aspire to in 2030?

Finnish food production is resource efficient and promotes wellbeing

-Food eaten in Finland is clean and locally produced

In 2030, local food production will function well in Finland. Food entrepreneurship that promotes health and wellbeing will also be accorded a stronger position. Production of local food will have become easier in various ways, including via less stringent hygiene requirements. National legislation will support small-scale further processing and sales activity at farms. Local food, recycling and the biofuel business will work well in Finland. Other factors supporting the achievement of emission reductions will include shortening of the logistics chain for foodstuffs, monitoring of the food chain and smart land use in the production of food and biofuels. The quantity of food waste and wastage will be minimal in both households and food production. Energy production on farms will be linked to their agricultural production. Nutritional habits of enlightened consumers will promote health and wellbeing and meat consumption will fall considerably from 2012.

Food and foodstuff production are a major source of emissions, but this makes some reductions in emissions possible in this respect. Healthy nutritional habits would promote the wellbeing of people in Finland and reduce medical and pharmaceutical costs. Through their choices, consumers can also contribute to minimising food waste.

When the focus of economic growth shifts from the western countries to developing markets, it will become more profitable to invest in local food production that provides employment as well. On the other hand, energy production in agriculture would also contribute to improving the current account to a certain degree.


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