Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Virtanen, Suvi Mirjami
Organisation Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Project title FoodStep - a sustainable model for food services and early childhood education and care
Decision No. 340306
Decision date 19.01.2021
Funding period 01.02.2021 - 30.11.2024
Funding 591 548
Project description
Transformation towards a more climate-friendly and healthy sustainable diet will require major changes in the food system: increase in consumption of plant-based foods and only moderate consumption of animal-based foods. In the FoodStep -project, we will develop a sustainable model for food system that reduces the climate impacts of the food system in early childhood education and care. The impact of the changes on children’s nutrition, the climate impact of the diet, and the cost of food services will be assessed in a randomised controlled trial. In addition, the effects of the model on the knowledge and attitudes of decision-makers, experts in food service and early childhood education, and families are studied. Based on the project, the model can be applied nationally as part of Finland's climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. We aim to a sustainable food system reform through concrete guidelines, communication, and action initiatives.