This research area focuses on food networks, including high quality networks such as organics, regional products and so on. A significant starting point is that the chain from farm to fork, from food production to food consumption, can be described concurrently in terms of biophysics and social networks of relations between nature and society.
The approach thus includes both social, economic/commercial and spatial dimensions. Rural development is a significant focus by virtue of the spatial dimension. A current large project, ProvenanceDK, is developing a kind of ’Atlas of possibilities' which aims to develop Danish provenance foods. The project also investigates business models for products and facilitates collaboration between municipalities, companies and producers with the aim of developing specific products and action plans in the case areas of the project. The project is a collaboration between Aarhus University, three Danish municipalities and a business region with policies in this area as well as a series of commercial companies that are among the market's leading players in this area.