MOSAIC : MetabOlism of agricultural and food systems in the city-hinterland continuum

MOSAIC consortium (2020)

MOSAIC : MetabOlism of agricultural and food systems in the city-hinterland continuum

The ambitions of the bioeconomy raise the question of the capacity of ecological systems and natural resources to support economic activity and renew themselves. Moreover, they reveal the trade-offs in the allocation of resources (food vs energy; feed vs. food, etc) between the use of space, between uses, and between users.

Context and challenges

MOSAIC

Bioeconomical strategies consist of ramping up and diversifying the use of biomass, in particular of agricultural origin (products and joint products), via technological innovations (in a broad sense).

For researchers, the ambitions of the bioeconomy raise the question of the capacity of ecological systems and natural resources to support economic activity and renew themselves. Moreover, they reveal the trade-offs in the allocation of resources (food vs energy; feed vs. food, etc) between the use of space, between uses, and between users. In other words, the challenge is to understand the interactions between activities that produce, process, recover and consume biomass at a systemic rather than sectorial level, and take into account how water, energy and land resources that underlie these activities come into play.

The relationships between where and how production, processing and consumption of biomass takes place and waste/by-products collected are an essential part of this ambition. And yet, the work carried out to analyse the flows (of agricultural biomass but, more broadly, of natural resources, waste, energy sources, value sources and human capital) that link cities and the hinterland falls to distinct communities that each come with their own issues.

Goals

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The MOSAIC consortium focuses on the complexity of flow systems that link cities to the hinterland geographically and systemically. Research fronts that require this perspective include: the interlocking dynamics of agricultural and food systems, the vulnerabilities of territories induced by ripple effects, the organisation of city-hinterland relations and how they co-evolve.

MOSAIC is based on sharing and developing mutual knowledge between researchers mobilising (among others) socio-metabolic approaches and integrated modelling and assessment approaches to study agricultural and/or food systems in different types of territories. The goal is to achieve a balanced view of the hinterland-city relationship, in a co-evolving and systemic perspective. MOSAIC makes it possible to pool knowledge and networks related to the themes of “water”, “food”, “energy”, and “waste/joint products” in allocating resources (food vs. energy; feed vs food, etc.) between spaces, uses, and users.

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Contacts - Coordination :

INRAE Partners

INRAE structures

The consortium is made up of people from different INRAE fields, research units and divisions who wish to find the common ground between their research and are able to identify future partners.

ACT divison

UR LESSEM

Ecological economics, systems agronomy

UR LAE

Integrated modelling

UMR INNOVATION

Systems agronomy, food

TRANSFORM division

UMR OPAALE

Bioengineering, environmental engineering, environmental evaluation, systemic approach (waste and joint products)

AQUA division

G-EAU

Water science

Modification date : 18 December 2023 | Publication date : 04 April 2022 | Redactor : Com