More and more countries incorporate principles for sustainability into food policies and public education. In 2004, dietitians in Nordic countries designed the “Nordic diet” based on the physical traits of the Nordic people and the local farming environment to encourage people to consume local produce, practice seasonal food, and eat more vegetables while limiting meat intake.
The diet promotes traditional Nordic dietary habits and principles for sustainability. It has been recommended by environmental groups as an excellent example of sustainable diet. Sustainable diets minimize the impact of the food supply chain on the environment. Moreover, when people follow a sustainable diet, their health improves, and they can conserve natural resources for future generations.
The Department of Nutritional Science conducts studies on nutritional science, provides people with information on buying nutritious foods, and educates people on food security and basic dietary needs.