The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, SIME, or Havsmiljöinstitutet in Swedish, is a national centre for interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis. On the government’s behalf, we provide a coherent description of the environmental status of the seas around Sweden.
The Institute’s activities are based on collaboration between five universities: Umeå University, Stockholm University, Linnaeus University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and University of Gothenburg. By participating in relevant research and development projects, the Institute works to ensure that current research results are applied in managing the sea. We help making best possible knowledge available for decisions on marine management.
Less protein in food and fewer phosphorus compounds added to food products could substantially improve water quality in the Baltic Sea.
This is shown in a report from SIME where four societal phenomena in Sweden are analysed to see if changes in society could reduce the eutrophication pressure on marine environments. Three phenomena related to food consumption were examined; protein consumption, unnecessary food waste, and phosphorus additives in food. Horse keeping was chosen as another case study, but was not found to be a major driver of eutrophication. Nor was the amount of food wasted, and a reduction in this area would lead only to relatively small reductions in phosphorous and nitrogen loads compared to the effects of dietary changes. Read the full report: Changes in four societal drivers and their potential to reduce Swedish nutrient inputs into the sea. SIME report no 2016:3.