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Fork-to-farm agent-based simulation tool augmenting BIOdiversity in the agri-food VALUE chain

Fork-to-farm agent-based simulation tool augmenting BIOdiversity in the agri-food VALUE chain

Fork-to-farm agent-based simulation tool augmenting BIOdiversity in the agri-food VALUE chain

Why BioValue?

The main aim of the BioValue project is to develop a dynamic and modular agent-based simulation tool that will analyse the link among biodiversity, the agri-food value chain, the environment, consumer’s preferences and health. The idea is to introduce and spread the use of underutilized, genetically diverse crops and their final marketable products to the consumer´s plates adopting a demand-driven approach (fork to farm).
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Coordinator: Prof. Konstadinos Mattas
e-mail: mattas@auth.gr

Project officer: STARACE Anna Anna 
email: STARACE@ec.europa.eu

Policy officer: GAONA SAEZ Susana 
e-mail:  Susana.GAONA-SAEZ@ec.europa.eu

Coordinator: Prof. Konstadinos Mattas

e-mail: mattas@auth.gr

Project officer: STARACE Anna Anna 

email: STARACE@ec.europa.eu

Policy officer: GAONA SAEZ Susana 

e-mail:  Susana.GAONA-SAEZ@ec.europa.eu

Interview with the coordinator of the BioValue project Prof Konstadinos Mattas

What is the BioValue project?

BioValue is an EU-funded project within the framework of Horizon 2020 involving seventeen partners throughout Europe and beyond, aiming at improving agro-biodiversity and diversity throughout the food chain. Crop biodiversity, the cultivation of  multiple   crops at the farm level is an element of agricultural biodiversity, and creates differentiations in soil fauna, weeds, pests, and predators at the farm level and the agro-ecosystem. However, crop diversification over the last decades declined due to several driving forces across the food chain (processing technologies, cost impact) as well as consumers’ food preferences.

Could you explain the project benefits for  European citizens?

Well, the great news from the COP26 summit in Glasgow points out that global leaders understand the severity of climate change and the need to protect the environment. However, the real power is in the hands of the consumers. Literally! Don’t wait until 2030 or 2050 to save the environment. Start now!Pick up your fork, change your diet, start eating  “diverse”  meals, and  improve your health and save the environment. The BioValue project will provide all scientific knowledge and documentation to make food and meals  more diverse, nutritious, healthy, and why not, delicious. Through a knock-on effect, consumers’ dietary habits are streamed down to farmers who will turn the European farming lands into a diverse and sustainable agro-ecosystem.

How can all these benefits be achieved?

The project will offer guidelines on nutritional values of diversified  dishes, meals and novel food products. In addition, new underutilized crops could be re-introduced into European farming by using machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence forecasts. These new entrants among  others could be integrated into agro-ecosystems, the food chain and of course the European diet. Our ultimate vision within this project is to generate recurring and spreading effects such as landscape transformation, diverse  food supply chains and mainly “diverse” food dishes. The whole look of the European plains will start changing from oligo-cultural systems to poly-cultural ones with unprecedented benefits for the environment and consumers’ health.

Coordinator: Prof. Konstadinos Mattas | e-mail: mattas@auth.gr

Project officer: STARACE Anna Anna | e-mail: STARACE@ec.europa.eu

Policy officer: GAONA SAEZ Susana | e-mail:  Susana.GAONA-SAEZ@ec.europa.eu

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Objectives of BioValue

BioValue is developing a fork-to-farm agent-based simulation tool augmenting biodiversity in the agri-food value chain

BioValue Project

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At the farm level

At the environmental level

At the institutional level

At the cosuming and societal level

At the scientific level

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