Afternoon discussion

Table 1: Sustainable food consumption (social, cultural impact) in circular economy

Moderator: Hanna Schösler, Secretary: Noora Manninen

  • What are currently important values associated with food consumption in general? How might those have to change in order to shift towards more sustainable food consumption patterns?
  • What kinds of food philosophies can these values be associated with?
  • Do certain foods / food styles have a more negative impact on environmental
    quality and human health than others? Can we identify those?
  • How might we be able to change less favorable consumption habits?
  • What are the EU lifestyles from the perspective of food consumption? May they have a negative impact on other parts of the world?

 Table 2: Food surplus management in circular economy

Moderator: Effie Papargyropoulou, Secretary: Miia Kuisma

  • What is the contribution of more sustainable food surplus/waste management to the circular economy?
  • What and where are the opportunities for food surplus/waste management in the different stages of the global food supply systems?
  • What is the relationship between contemporary food consumption patterns and food surplus/waste management? Where are the conflicts and the opportunities?
  • What policies are required to enable more sustainable food surplus/waste management?

Table 3: Sustainable resource and waste management in circular economy

Moderator: Laura Saikku, Secretary: Mirko Pavicic

  •  What kind of new business-models in waste management and resource efficiency can be applied?
  • What is the role of consumers in moving towards the circular economy?
  • What kind of activities around resource efficiency and waste management can be enhanced by consumers, and what is their potential to make an impact?
  • What kind of indicators can be used to measure the transition towards circular economy?

Table 4: Future and business opportunities in circular economy

Moderator: Janne Peljo, Secretary: Inka Reijonen, Hanna Mäkinen

  •  Will the industries and businesses profit from transition to circular economy in food production and how?
  • Which business models and/or practices can be helpful for transition of food industry to comprehensive circular economy rather than partial optimization?
  • What are the opportunities for food companies/producers who will not benefit from transition to circular economy?

Table 5: Circulation and re-use of nutrients in food production chain

Moderator: Hannu Mikkola, Secretary: Jaakko Mäkelä

  • How the nutrients can be circulated/re-use from field to field and what are the main cycles?
  • How does the international trade affect the nutrient circulation and global nutrient distribution in long-run?
  • What are opportunities, risks and challenges in nutrient circulation from field to field?
  • Could the circulation economy help to reduce nutrient leaching from arable areas?

Table 6: Localized food systems

Moderator: Traci Birge, Secretary: Minna Mäkelä

  • How can we define “local food”?
  • What are the benefits of local food?
  • Gaps in understanding the role of local foods

Table 7: Global aspect in circular food economy

Moderator: Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström, Secretary: Anna Kuokkanen

  • How does international food trade (and trade of agricultural commodities) affect nutrient balances in different parts of the World?
  • Can this have implications to food security?
  • Could circular food economy mitigate climate change?
  • Could circular food economy help in adaptation to climate change?

Table 8: Getting consumers on board the circular economy

Moderator: Eva Heiskanen, Secretary: Aleksei Shcherbinin

  •  What roles for consumers in a circular economy?
  • Are there examples of changes toward circularity in consumption patterns?
  • What might encourage consumers toward new consumption patterns

Table 9: EU policy frameworks for circular economy and waste management models

Moderator: Francesco Nicolli, Secretary: Jaana Korhonen

  • Does product packaging influence your consumption decision?
  • What kind of incentive do you believe would increase the share of recycling/recovery in your area?
  • Do you believe deposit and refund schemes for glass would work in your area?

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