The project is addressing an important challenge of assembling suitable sets of indicators/ biomarkers of high quality and useful for future monitoring and researching health (mental and somatic) in ecoregions.

The outputs of the INSUM activities include among the others:

  • Systematic review article on organic food & health published in an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • 1st International Workshop proceedings/consensus paper on the best markers for future monitoring and research on the societal and mental health effects of dietary transitions towards more sustainable and organic diets.
  • 2nd International Workshop proceedings/consensus paper on the best markers for future monitoring and research on the somatic health effects of dietary transitions towards more sustainable and organic diets.

The indicators/biomarkers which are able to monitor and measure health effects, i.e. resilience rather than disease risk, can be used by both municipalities on a regular basis and by researchers. The project results will thus contribute to the ability to monitor and measure the public health and to the understanding of the role of organic foods in strengthening resilience. Furthermore, the project will deliver ready-to-use toolboxes of indicators/biomarkers for municipalities and thereby improve the data quality for future research.