Ir. Frederike Praasterink
Professor Future Food Systems
The Future Food Systems research group is working on intervention strategies and new business models that accelerate the transition to sustainable food systems. In this way, we contribute to the impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, nationally and internationally.
The aim of the Future Food Systems research group is to accelerate the transition to sustainable food systems. Making the system more sustainable is not sufficient: a transition is needed in the way we produce, value and consume food. The research group works on intervention strategies as well as new business models.
Food is an important part of our culture and well-being, but food is also related to global sustainability challenges needing urgent attention:
It was recently estimated that the social health, economic and environmental costs of the global food system are $12 trillion; 20% more than the market value of all food systems (Pharo et al, 2019). This alone clearly indicates that making the current food system more sustainable is not enough. Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals requires a complete rethink about the way food is produced, valued and consumed.
The Future Food Systems research group is based on three related pillars:
The Food Transition Coalition (Transitiecoalitie Voedsel) is a permanent partner. This network organisation has more than 200 members from the business community, knowledge institutions, social organisations and local, provincial and national government authorities. The mission is to ensure a transition to a sustainable food system; healthy people on a healthy planet.
Professor Frederike Praasterink is secretary of a National Science Agenda (NWA) Consortium called 'Transition to a sustainable food system’ (Transitie naar een duurzaam voedselsysteem), which involves more than 35 partners from all kinds of universities and parties in the field. This programme was launched in March 2021, and will run until 2025.
She also holds a number of social roles:
Professor P.J. Beers is heading the research programme 'Space for the Agricultural and Food Transition’ (Ruimte voor landbouw- en voedseltransitie). In this partnership, he is collaborating with Achmea, Flynth accountants, ZLTO, LTO-Noord, NAJK, Natuur- en Milieufederatie Noord-Holland, Rabobank, the Province of Zuid Holland, and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. He is also heading the Knowledge Team of the South Holland Food Families (Kennisteam van de Zuid-Hollandse Voedselfamilies), a collaboration between HAS University of Applied Sciences, DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions), Inholland, and Wageningen Economic Research.
Professor Future Food Systems
Professor New Business Models for Agri & Food Transition
Lecturer-researcher International Food & Agribusiness
Lecturer-researcher Environmental Studies
Lecturer-researcher Future Food Systems