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SUSFEED will develop an in-depth understanding of the feed system: how feed can be harvested, produced, processed, and distributed to supply the growing and changing needs of Norway’s agri- and aquacultural sectors. For this, we will apply a systems approach to mapping the domestic feed system and, using a systems model, conduct environmental, social, and economic sustainability assessments.

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Photo: Thor Nielsen.

In recent years, considerable attention has been given to identifying sustainable and cost-effective animal feed materials to address issues such as food security, GhG emissions, climate change, and, in Norway, ambitious targets to increase salmon production. This search for novel feed ingredients and sources is creating new opportunities for companies working with bioresources. One option is the use of new feed technologies that promise to enhance food security, lower GhG emissions, promote sustainability and create new industries for food production in Norway. This is likely to dramatically transform the existing feed system.

While there has been a focus on developing new feeds, we have very limited knowledge on the overall feed system and how it is changing – knowledge that is critical for meeting the future needs of the agri- and aquaculture sectors. How sustainable will the feed system be and how can we sustainably source feed in the volumes required? SUSFEEDs multi-disciplinary team involves researchers from the social sciences, biology, agronomy, nutrition, and technology, working closely

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Project duration

2021 - 2025

Project owner: Ruralis.

Partners: NIBIO, SINTEF Ocean, SINTEF Digital, BioMar, Felleskjøpet Fôrutvikling, Invertapro, Montasjen, Sitep, Folven gaard, NCE Aquatech, WoodWorks!, Felleskjøpet Agri, Norsk Landbruksrådgiving, CarCewi, Einar Wathne, Norsk Kylling, Tankesmien Agenda, Skjetlein videregående skole, Mære landbruksskole, NHO Mat og Drikke, Bellona, Wageningen UR, Kris Kok,  Aarhus Universitet.

Financing: Norges forskningsråd.

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