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Follow the Pig

Project period

2019 - 2021


The project seeks to identify the challenges of reducing use of antibiotics in pig production, contributing to solving current challenges regarding food safety. Several initiatives have been launched in the Nordic countries to reduce use, avoid resistance, and limit negative human and environmental effects. Nevertheless, statistics indicate large differences in the use of antibiotics in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The project studies the differences from a holistic business perspective rather than the prevalent medical perspective, uncover learning and focus on how the pig production industry can succeed in balancing economic and sustainability goals.


Three workshops are to explore, map and compare pig production across Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary data are gathered to examine how ecosystems and practices in the pig production of each country co-evolve with the interests of different stakeholders (e.g. farmers, slaughter houses, regulators, NGOs and retailers), providing a platform for shaping the future. Business and policy stakeholders will be directly involved in the workshops to ensure both relevance and uptake of results.


  • Professor Aino Halinen-Kala, Turku School of Economics
  • Professor Alexandra Waluszewski, Uppsala University
  • Professor Debbie Harrison, BI Norwegian Business School

Researchers at SDU


Funded by NOS-HS Workshop Grant (419.450 SEK)

Last Updated 27.08.2021