Sustainable dairy production and consumption

Last changed: 30 November 2018

SLU will coordinate a four year research programme to develop cross-disciplinary scientific approaches that merge the assessment of the environmental effects of dairy products with their nutritive and health values to explore and reach sustainability in dairy production and consumption. The programme consists of five projects that are financed by The Swedish Farmers´ Foundation for Agricultural Research (SLF) and Arla Foods within the call “Sustainable diets from sustainable food chains”.

SLU’s task is to coordinate the approved projects as a coherent research programme and to collect, develop and communicate synergies between the projects. The coordination costs are covered by SLU. The lifetime of the research programme is between 2019 and 2022, but the long term aim is to develop a centre of excellence on the contribution of dairy products to sustainable diets.

Closely linked to the coordinator is SLU Future Food - a strategic platform for research and collaboration to develop knowledge, solutions and innovations aimed at ensuring that the entire food system is characterized by economic, ecological and social sustainability.

The different projects are led by SLU, RISE and Chalmers and include many co-applicants from universities, research institutes and companies.

The projects

  1. Improved sustainability in dairy production by increased feed efficiency (FeedEffi)
    Main applicant: Pekka Huhtanen, SLU. Project period 2019-01-01 to 2021-12-31
  2. Management for improved efficiency by increased cow longevity in dairy herds (Longevity)
    Main applicant:Mikaela Lindberg, SLU. Project period 2019-01-01 to 2022-12-31
  3. Nutrition and health metrics in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of foods (Nutri-LCA)
    Main applicant: Ulf Sonesson, RISE. Project period 2019-03-01 to 2020-09-30
  4. Environmental evaluation of agri-food systems (EEVAS)
    Main applicant: Christel Cederberg, Chalmers. Project period 2019-01-01 to 2021-12-3
  5. Capturing multifunctional dairy production: Indicators for ecosystem services and biodiversity (Multifunc). Main applicant: Pernilla Tidåker, SLU. Project period 2019-01-01 to 2022-12-31

Read more about the call “Sustainable diets from sustainable food chains” at SLF’s web page.


Coordinator: Ola Thomsson, research secretary at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, SLU

This is 4 year research programme financed by SLF and SLU.

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