Gastro Local Association
Brasov county, Romania
The local area of Vama Buzaului is famous for its natural sights and bisons, which in turn bring tourism. The Gastro Local Association aims to further enhance the attractiveness of the region for tourists by offering ‘Food Trails’ that are formed of gastronomic points in the form of local farmhouses offering home-made food products. Through collaboration with the local authorities, local farmers have been able to get their premises approved for food preparation as part of a simple certification scheme. This provides additional income to local farms and attracts tourists which contributes to the overall prosperity of the region. The scheme also facilitates training of the cooks (HACCP, food safety) and visibility of the farms through branding of the Food Trails network.
The promotion of the Food Trails will eventually support the preservation of the landscape and culture, though this will require the engagement of more farms and/or other regions (ex.: Harman) in the scheme (upscaling) and collaboration with relevant stakeholders that can provide guidance and expertise in order to make the scheme as resilient and sustainable as possible (combining).
Info about the Innovators and the Innovation portraits Catalogue
FoodSHIFT 2030 aims to launch an ambitious citizen-driven transition of the European food system towards a low carbon circular future, including a shift to less meat and more plant based diets. This transition is necessary in order to address the pressing challenges for food and nutrition security, contribute to the EU commitment of reducing GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and revitalize urban-rural linkages and partnerships.
To do so, it establishes FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs for maturing, combining, upscaling and multiplying existing food system innovations across nine front-runner city-regions. In turn these innovations contribute to the FoodSHIFT vision.
An Innovation Catalogue called “Innovation Portraits” was created to snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions.
Info about the Innovation Portraits Catalogue
The Innovation Catalogue will snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions. Each FAL has a dedicated innovation focus and each chapter will present innovation cases from a particular FAL. For each of the innovations presented, a snapshot of the innovation concept and purpose will be given, alongside the key impacts the innovation has in relation to the FoodSHIFT Impact Pathways and the acceleration ambitions of the innovation.
In addition, each innovation portrait is also categorized according to its Innovation Dimension. These dimensions indicate what kind of innovation is being presented, and where in the value chain it plays a role. This is indicated by these tabs. The dimensions are defined as follows:
Product – Innovations in this category address new or updated products, including quality, safety and market impact.
Process – These innovations are relevant to new technologies for processing, logistical improvements, infrastructure and new/improved services.
Social – Innovations in this category are relevant to changes in behaviour (e.g. consumers/citizens), development of new relationships and inclusiveness.
Governance – The innovations address policy developments, including food planning, subsidies, taxing, certificates & labelling.
Learn more about all the Innovation portraits: https://foodshift2030.eu/meet-the-people-changing-your-food-system/