Bolzano – A sustainable food system for South Tyrol is the goal of the Eurac and Land NEST project. This requires cooperation between agriculture and gastronomy, Kompatscher said at the opening meeting.
The NEST (Sustainable Food System South Tyrol) project, initiated by Eurac Research and supported by the State of South Tyrol through the business service provider IDM, pursues one of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda, namely ensuring sustainable food . The project aims to anchor sustainable food in South Tyrolean gastronomy. Therefore, it is about increasing the proportion of purely organic regional dishes in South Tyrolean restaurants. It is also about reducing the ecological footprint and reducing food waste.
The kick-off meeting of the NEST project took place today at the Palais Widmann in Bozen in the presence of Governor Arno Kompatscher and numerous representatives of local gastronomy and agriculture. The motto “local and fair” for a regional and healthy diet formed the common thread of the meeting, which already presents the second phase of the project.
According to Governor Kompatscher, in order to achieve this goal of sustainable nutrition, the interaction between agriculture and gastronomy must be optimized in the sense of the circular economy. “Sustainable nutrition has been discussed for at least 20 years,” said Kompatscher, “now it is important to structure this process to really have more local products on South Tyrolean menus.” He expects a lot from the project, says Kompatscher. , precisely because different actors are working together to intensify the “producer to fork” strategy.
Aim for sustainable nutrition models
At today’s NEST kick-off meeting, there were numerous contributions from experts in the field of food sustainability. Markus Schermer from the University of Innsbruck, for example, highlighted the issue of regionalization of food webs, took a look at the connection between nutrition, globalization and regionalization, and showed possible approaches for a less environmentally polluting model of nutrition. The flagship model “Wirt sucht Bauer” from Germany was also presented, in which a platform brings together producers, restaurateurs, food artisans and sustainable food initiatives in general. A model from South Tyrol was also presented, namely the logistics start-up SLON (Logistics Network of South Tyrol), a successful platform connecting local producers and distributors in need of transport and which has already received the mobility award.
NEST Project: In several steps towards sustainable nutrition
In the first phase of the NEST project, criteria for a locally sustainable food system were developed and information on food production and consumption in South Tyrol was collected in order to provide an overview of the current state of affairs. and important elements of the production, processing and consumption of local/regional, fair and environmentally friendly food. The final report on this will be published in September.
In the third phase of the project, the measures are defined together with the project partners. This includes the criteria according to which South Tyrolean gastronomy should be based in order to support sustainable, natural and fair nutrition, under the motto “from field to plate”, so to speak.