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Chef on Tour: The Beekeeping App Saving Bees One Hive At A Time

Chef on Tour: The Beekeeping App Saving Bees One Hive At A Time

09 August 2019

For this edition of our Chef on Tour series, Josh is in Bucharest enjoying a delicious local Romanian dinner with local food hero Bogdan Iordache, whose beekeeping app is improving the livelihood of bees.

Searching for a Plan Bee: the importance of bees to a safe food supply

Searching for a Plan Bee: the importance of bees to a safe food supply

31 July 2019

Bee populations in Europe are tumbling — and it could prove devastating for the safety of the food system. The decline in bee colony numbers began nearly half a century ago. Between 1970 and 2007, Europe lost 5.5 million managed honeybee hives, over a quarter of its total, with the decline becoming more intense over the past few decades. Some EU countries have seen bee populations drop by more than half, according to the European Parliament. What can be done to reduce this drop?

Chef on Tour: Inspiring stories of food innovation shared by local heroes of the food industry

Chef on Tour: Inspiring stories of food innovation shared by local heroes of the food industry

22 July 2019

Josh Harte, Ed Sheeran’s personal chef, explores his passion for food sustainability and innovation as he tours Europe with the music icon. This week: Lisbon!

Chef on Tour: Ed Sheeran’s chef investigates for EIT Food

Chef on Tour: Ed Sheeran’s chef investigates for EIT Food

18 July 2019

Josh Harte explores his passion for food sustainability and innovation as he tours Europe with the music icon, meeting local food heroes working towards a more sustainable food future.

Food Safety Eurobarometer: 50% of Europeans rank food safety among their top three food-buying priorities

Food Safety Eurobarometer: 50% of Europeans rank food safety among their top three food-buying priorities

12 July 2019

Food safety is an increasingly international concern. Notably, more than 23 million people per year become ill from foodborne contamination in Europe and about 4,700 of those cases annually are fatal. So, which should be the next steps to increase Europeans’ confidence in their food?

Agricultural Outlook: How Limiting Air Pollution Will Protect Farms

Agricultural Outlook: How Limiting Air Pollution Will Protect Farms

18 June 2019

Recently UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a call reminding humanity of “the battle of our lives” on World Environment Day: a battle to limit environmental damage and pollution, which causes global warming and the climate crisis. Agriculture is one of the major contributors of air pollution. Therefore, we need a change towards promoting sustainable practices to protect the planet and help future generations to feed rising populations.

Plants Lead the Way: a Guide to a Healthier and More Sustainable Food Future

Plants Lead the Way: a Guide to a Healthier and More Sustainable Food Future

21 May 2019

With new cautionary guidelines and calls for change about what to eat, nutrition is much more than food —it is also about the health of the planet. Now, governments and experts in nutrition are creating new models and tools to help consumers understand food’s role in their health and the planet’s health.

Mending the Agrifood Industry: Our Journey With Food From Past to Future

Mending the Agrifood Industry: Our Journey With Food From Past to Future

16 April 2019

The agrifood industry has created many problems, but these challenges also come with many opportunities for innovation and change. The global community is working towards improving the food system, but different actors have to be involved: farmers, governments, private companies, chefs...you. How can you get involved in building a better agrifood system?

Top 3 Women Entrepreneurs in the Agrifood Space

Top 3 Women Entrepreneurs in the Agrifood Space

09 April 2019

When we look at the number of women entrepreneurs that receive funding in Europe, it's still less than 6-7% says Severine Balick, food and agtech VC at Matador Ventures. But she is optimistic: We'll soon have lots of amazing women entrepreneur role models to show the next generation that they can do it. In this video, she tells us who her top 3 women entrepreneurs in the agrifood space are. 

Are These Foods the New Pharmaceuticals?

Are These Foods the New Pharmaceuticals?

12 March 2019

Food is the planet’s oldest form of medicine, and in the face of this dilemma, nutritionists and healthcare professionals are suggesting adding functional ingredients to form part of a regular diet to help prevent some diseases.

Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

06 March 2019

Shockingly, we dispose of a third of all the food we produce and a lot of food waste is linked to 'date marking'. Maria Hidalgo, Co-Founder and CEO ColorSensing, is on a mission to change this with her startup ColorSensing. Discover how her technology can tell you the truth about what is happening inside the food package. 

Green Biotechnology: ‘Squeezing grass’ to extract mother nature’s own fertiliser

Green Biotechnology: ‘Squeezing grass’ to extract mother nature’s own fertiliser

05 March 2019

The industrialisation of the agricultural sector has brought with it a large increase in the number of pesticides we use to protect plants and humans from various diseases. However, these same pesticides can also have a large number of negative health and environmental effects. In this video, entrepreneur Luca Speziga explains how his new technology can produce a completely natural fertiliser that is just as powerful as a chemical fertiliser.

Food Innovation: 3D-printed meat-free steak from plant-based proteins

Food Innovation: 3D-printed meat-free steak from plant-based proteins

04 March 2019

It is clear that we need to provide alternatives to the current meat production system. In this video, researcher Giuseppe Scionti, Founder and CEO of NovaMeat takes you on a visit to his workplace where his new food technology first came to life.

Food storage: An alternative to single-use plastic in the kitchen

Food storage: An alternative to single-use plastic in the kitchen

01 March 2019

It’s not just the food in our food system that needs to change, it’s also how we package it.  The plastic problem is damaging ecosystems on land and at sea. Sensing both the need to tackle the problem and seeing the opportunity, Işınsu Kaya launched Mumo Wrap. In this video, she takes us through Istanbul on a journey to discover this new technology.

Feeding the World and the Role of Vertical Farming

Feeding the World and the Role of Vertical Farming

28 February 2019

In 2017, the United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs reviewed global demographic trends and concluded a forecast of the world population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050. The outlook on an increase in population of approximately 2.2 billion in 13 years has, together with sustainability concerns on our global food system, opened up many discussions on food security. Food security is defined as a state “when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” (FAO, 1996). In this context, the prevalent food system, criticized for its damaging impact on the environment and high energy consumption, is increasingly put into question for being capable of addressing contemporary challenges of climate change and population growth.

Food Industry Encouraged to Innovate with New Novel Food Regulation

Food Industry Encouraged to Innovate with New Novel Food Regulation

20 February 2019

The term novel food may sound simple, but it’s much more than that. Chia seeds were once isolated to impoverished regions of Central and South America, and milk once only had a shelf life of 12 days. But thanks to the power of the novel food label, chia seeds are now a common healthy addition to diets around the world, and milk treated with UV light is not just safe, but extends milk shelf life to 21 days and increases concentration of vitamin D3. Along with countless other foods introduced to market, they must be proven safe for human consumption. The novel food label helps members of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approve new products and get them to the public quickly.

Challenge Accepted: Mini-Makeathon Vertical Farming Recap

Challenge Accepted: Mini-Makeathon Vertical Farming Recap

17 October 2018

On Friday October 5th, sixteen young professionals and students from several Dutch (applied) universities came together at the Design Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, to think of their own food concept for vertically farmed produce. It was our very first Mini-Makeathon event, just in time for the Design Museum’s Food is Fiction exhibition and the 2018 Dutch Agricultural Food Week! 

Share Your Vision of Vertical Farming

Share Your Vision of Vertical Farming

26 September 2018

As part of the EU project, “Cultivating Engagement”, we would like to partner together with you to revision the concept of vertical farming! We would love to see and hear what you personally think of as vertical farming, and what images you associate with it. If you haven’t heard of vertical farming, that’s completely fine! We still value your opinion. Let us know what you think at our interactive survey http://revisionvf.org!

October 5th event: Mini-Makeathon

October 5th event: Mini-Makeathon

19 September 2018

On October 5th, students and young professionals will come together at the Design Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands to develop a new food concept for vertically farmed lettuce. The Mini-Makeathon is from 9.00 to 17.00. Registration is open until October 1st. 

Help us analyse vertical farming on Twitter!

Help us analyse vertical farming on Twitter!

12 September 2018

Since May 2017, the Cultivating Engagement team have been collecting tweets about vertical farming using some software specifically designed for Twitter research (Borra & Rieder 2014). Our Twitter dataset currently comprises over 50,000 tweets about vertical farming.

Re-visioning Vertical Farming - Food for Thought

Re-visioning Vertical Farming - Food for Thought

05 September 2018

Though it officially kicked off at the beginning of the year, the Vertical Farming project began to really ‘cultivate engagement’ at the start of July when it made its way to the Deutsches Museum in Munich for a three-day citizen participation forum.

Is vertical farming really sustainable?

Is vertical farming really sustainable?

29 August 2018

Vertical farming uses empty buildings to renew neglected neighborhoods, it uses less water than traditional agriculture, but how else can it be sustainable? Here are some advantages and limitations to vertical farming

The origins of indoor vertical farming

The origins of indoor vertical farming

23 August 2018

Do you know how your food produce was cultivated historically? 

July 5 event: Re-visioning Vertical Farming!

July 5 event: Re-visioning Vertical Farming!

20 June 2018

Join us in this three-day citizen participation forum, as we invite you to share your vision of vertical farming through images, and to discuss with us the future of local and sustainable food systems. July 5th - 7th 2018 ∣ Deutsches Museum, Ehrensaal. Share with us your vision of vertical farming – an upcoming trend in urban food production!

Making sense of the terms in Vertical Farming

Making sense of the terms in Vertical Farming

13 June 2018

What exactly is vertical farming? I know that I picture stacked layers of plants sprouting in organised rows inside some big, bright warehouse. This isn’t quite wrong. Columbia emeritus professor Dickson Despommier is credited for making the term mainstream. 

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08 March 2018
Vertical Farming – what’s the deal anyway?

Vertical Farming – what’s the deal anyway?

07 March 2018

The word farming evokes a range of sentiments. For me, I see images of the sun shining on green, open fields with animals grazing about. Depending where you’re from, this scene may vary, but more or less, we probaby have a similar feel. Can the same be said when you instead hear vertical farming?