The chapter “Forestry, Agriculture, and Food Industry” of the LAS Yearbook 2022 includes two articles that focus on the latest findings in forestry and agricultural sciences.
“The forest sector is an important area in Latvia from all three traditional aspects – economic (contribution to GDP, import-export balance, employment), ecological (“the Lungs of the Earth”, CO2 sequestration, renewable resources) and social (jobs, recreation). Sustainable, reasonable, economic use of wood in construction, and living environment is one of the traditional components of the sector, which is being given increased attention in connection with the wider use in construction and innovative solutions to wood materials. In this context, wood durability issues are not outdated.” [Bruno Andersons. Research on Wood Protection Problems in Latvia]
“Currently, food science focuses on the processing of raw materials into new, high-quality products, the development and implementation of new technologies and materials, processes and equipment to improve the safety and validity of food products. The challenges for science in the future will be the supply of food raw materials, including the use of non-traditional raw materials, the increasing application of biotechnological processes for the production of raw materials/products, and the need to improve the ingredients and products composition and nutritional value. As a result, synergies between food science and technology will be increasingly promoted, with close links to nutrition science, to ensure not only a low-cost, easy-to-use and palatable product, but also a nutritiously balanced and valuable product for everyday consumption.” [Inga Ciproviča. Foof Science in the Face of New Challenges]