Connecting the dots: the complexity of food systems

Food systems are complex, and we can all play a part in ensuring that they are resilient and sustainable. The many pieces that form the food system jigsaw puzzle can fit together as easily as they can break apart, and it is up to us to ensure they remain connected. This video illustrates this complexity and suggests way that people can cooperate to ensure that growing populations are fed in harmony with the environment.
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Too good to waste!

EIT Food #AnnualFoodAgenda presents „Too good to wast” short movie featuring the topics of food waste in the supply chain, its ecological imprint, and the urgency for sustainable diets and conscious consumer behaviours. With this video we wish to inspire all generations, regardless whether you are a pupil, adult or senior, to reflect on your everyday shopping, cooking and eating habits, and become local agents of change towards reduced food waste around the world.

 

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MOOC on food safety and consumer protection

Food safety is a highly controlled in the European Union. One aspect that is often underestimated is the migration of chemicals from food contact materials and packaging into food and drinks that we consume daily. In particular, the chemicals that – at low doses and for extended time – may impact our vulnerable endocrine system. The effects become evident when we think about the reduced male fertility, the anticipated female puberty and the thyroid and metabolic disturbances on the rise in our societies. (więcej…)

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#SweetTempation by #AnnualFoodAgenda [video]

We are pleased to present the #SweetTemptation video by which we would like to guide the general public into responsible consumption of sugar, and raise their awareness about the link between excess sugar consumption and health. Why the sweet taste is so attractive to us? What happens when we have too much sugar in our diet? What is the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex ones? Watch the video and find out for yourself!

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„Trust your food” workshops [photo and video]

What is the science behind food? What are the researchers and industry experts doing to produce healthy and sustainable food that could be trusted by all? These are the questions we discussed during „Trust your Food” #AnnualFoodAgenda workshops engaging 279 pupils and teachers from Polish schools.

Over the last three weekends of February (15th, 22th, 29th) nearly 40 researchers, science communicatiors and experts from Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS and MASPEX, invited young consumers (aged 7-13) to the food research laboratories located in the Food Sciences division of IARFR PAS in Olsztyn, Poland. Our guests had a chance to discover myths and facts surrounding diet supplements, design smart food packaging and get familiarised with food allergens. They found out how to interpret nutrition labels and the information available at public food venues. Under the eye of scientists and using high-tech research equipment, students tried their hands at experiments held in the laboratories of biological functions of food, microbiology, biosensors, metabolomics and other facilities located in the Institute’s Food Sciences division. Young consumers could perform tests on the quality of milk, examine the antioxidant properties of natural preservatives and check what fatty acids are found in commercially available oils. The workshop programme also included the topics of microorganisms used in food processing as well as Maillard reaction products formed during thermal treatment of food. Finally, in the computerised laboratory of sensory analysis, the students had a unique chance to professionally evaluate the sensitivity of their sense of smell. At the end of their “Trust your Food” journey around the labs, the students were asked to verify their knowledge in a quizz and to indicate their one favourite food. All their preferences were reviewed and gathered in a TOP 10 list, revealing ‘apple’ being the most liked food.

About EIT Food

 

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#AnnualFoodAgenda is a project under the support of EIT Food. EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

The initiative is made up of an innovation community of key industry players across Europe, consisting of over 90 partner organisations and over 50 startups from 16 EU member states. It is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

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New cooperation opportunities

During the visit in Hungary and Slovenia, Dr. Radosław Kowalski along with his research team – Dr. Beata Cejko, Sylwia Judycka and Michał Blitek – conducted  a trial of air spawning of marble trout (Salmo marmoratus), thanks to Dušan Jesenšek a manager of a Slovenian fish hatchery in Tolmin (Ribiška družina Tolmin). (więcej…)

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