Towards a sustainable Swedish food system - a knowledge synthesis of environmental impacts and policy options

Last changed: 09 May 2023

This project aims to synthesise existing knowledge on the 1) environmental impacts of Swedish food consumption and 2) policy measures available to reduce these impacts, in order to to identify research gaps and inform policy development.

Existing evidence on the environmental impacts of Swedish food consumption - inside and outside Swedish borders - will be compiled and evaluate using the driver-pressure-state-impact-response (DPSIR) framework. Moreover, a systematic mapping of the evidence on policy options for shifting food consumption to decrease environmental pressures will be performed, to answer the question: “What evidence exists on policy instruments for reducing the environmental impact of food consumption?”.


The mapping question will be refined based on the stakeholder input. Based on the systematic map, in-depth policy reviews will be performed in areas where there is enough evidence to enable further synthesis and/or in areas particularly relevant for Sweden, building on experiences from other policy areas or food related policies in other countries. The project will engage with key stakeholders to ensure relevance of the work and effective knowledge dissemination and to cocreate future research and policy priorities.

This multidisciplinary project involves a range of scientists that jointly bring a wide set of skills and competences related to sustainable food consumption, policy impact evaluation and knowledge synthesis. It leverages and builds on previous recent work in this area performed by the team members and will be integrated into a range of currently ongoing research projects and programmes.


Project leader: Elin Röös

Time of project: April 2021- March 2023

Financier: The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)