Many of us know that the seas are affected by how we live on the mainland. The ways in which the food we eat and serve is linked to the marine environment is however not as easy to grasp. In fact, both what food we eat and how this is being done can create problems for the well-being of our sea and lakes. Our protein consumption, the kind of fish we choose and how we produce grain – these are all things that affect the wellbeing of our watercourses. At the Almedal week in July 2018, Fazer arranges two seminars and a hackathon with the aim is to approach the Baltic Sea matter with a new skill set.

As a major food producer in the Baltic region, Fazer have had a long-term commitment to the issue of what’s happening in the Baltic Sea. As an acting partner of the Baltic Sea Action Group, we are working to solve the problem of eutrophication which threatens the sea. Because the eutrophication is linked to the cultivation of ex. the grains used for bread and bakery products, Fazer have made a commitment to follow ten principles for a sustainable grain production.

"Most part of the phosphorus we use today as plant nutrition is imported. Through the food we eat the phosphorus transfers to the bigger cities and ends up in the lakes and seas. By our commitment for a sustainable grain production we want to find a solution that ensures recycling of phosphorus. We want it to be used again on the field, instead of ending up in the sea.” says Mariana Edge, manager, Corporate Responsibility at Fazer.

The Baltic Sea Action Group is an independent foundation established in 2008 to bring together all the organisations whose efforts are needed to save the Baltic Sea. This includes the political leadership of all the states in the Baltic region, the authorities in each of those countries, and the private sector. The goal is to restore the good ecological balance of the Baltic Sea.

In Sweden, at the beginning of July, politicians, business representatives and the public gather at the Almedals Week, in Gotland. With over 4000 events, the Almedals Week is a meeting place for discussions about politics and other political issues. Fazer arranges two seminars and a hackathon where the aim is to approach the Baltic Sea matter with a new skill set.

Interested to learn more about how we look upon sustainable food production? Have a look at our CR report.