TRUE will identify and enable transition paths to sustainable legume-based systems and agri-feed and -food chains in Europe.
How will this happen?
This is achieved via a true multi-actor approach that balances environmental, economic- and social- securities by minimizing environmental impact; optimizing diversity and resilience in commercial and environmental terms throughout the supply chain; and delivering excellent nutrition to ensure the highest possible states of health and well-being for people and animals.
TRUE will achieve this using a series of 15 farm networks and 7 supply chain focused innovation case studies to characterize key mechanisms and associated ecosystem services indicators. This will empower the production of popular and novel legume-based products on the basis of improved market perspectives and capabilities, including short supply chains.
An example of Responsible Research and Innovation
Advanced mathematical approaches using life cycle analysis, and socioeconomic and multi-attribute modelling will create unique decision support tools to identify optimal transition paths to ensure legume supported systems are profitable from ‘the push’ of production to ‘the pull’ of upstream supply chains, markets and consumers.
Critically, the TRUE approach will also advise and empower policy amendments that promote uptake of new farming, processing, manufacturing and retailing practices, in line with the societal considerations of the Responsible Research and Innovation model: policy decision making with state-of-the-art science-based information.
The TRUE approach is also augmented by an Intercontinental Advisory Board of 10 international experts in legume supply chain and policy from around the world.
Who’s responsible for it?