Trust in Your Food – Workshops in Food Research Labs

In a food system where produce travels thousands of miles to supermarkets and hypermarkets, many consumers are losing their connection to food—they don’t often know where it comes from or who grew, harvested, or processed the products they eat every day.

A recent FoodThink study has found that almost half of consumers who frequently buy food for their households do not trust the food industry to do the right thing, and nearly a quarter actively distrust it.

Engaging young consumers in dialogue via a series of interactive events which provide a space to explore the science behind food is vital to delivering an innovative agrifood sector that produces both healthy and sustainable food that is trusted by all. The second edition of the European AnnualFoodAgenda brings a series of laboratory workshops prepared by scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research and MASPEX to the general public.

For 3 weekends in February, students from the Warmian-Masurian region will discover the myths and facts surrounding diet supplements, will create smart food packages and get familiarised with food allergens. The students will also find out how to interpret nutrition labels as well as the information available at public food venues. Under the eye of scientists and using high-tech research equipment, students will try 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 will be able to perform tests on the quality of milk, examine the antioxidant properties of natural preservatives and check what fatty acids are found in commonly available oils. The workshop programme will also include the topics of microorganisms used in food processing of food as well as Maillard reaction products formed during thermal processing. Finally, in the computerised laboratory of sensory analysis, the students will have a unique chance to professionally evaluate the sensitivity of their sense of smell.

This event is part of the #AnnualFoodAgenda (www.annualfoodagenda.com) project financed by EIT Food (eitfood.eu). #AnnualFoodAgenda offers a unique series of workshops, lectures and shows which raise awareness around healthy eating, food safety, innovation in the agri-food sector and last but not least, food waste. To this day, actions lead by the scientists of the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS and experts from Maspex have engaged almost 5,000 people across Poland. More information regarding the #AnnualFoodAgenda events will be published on www.pan.olsztyn.pl.

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.

You can follow EIT Food via www.eitfood.eu or via social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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ZERO WASTE with EIT Food

On the 6th of December we will celebrate EIT Food ZERO WASTE festival to take place during St. Nicolas Day in Poland. This will be the 8th and last event organised under #AnnualFoodAgenda project in Poland in 2019. Scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS together with experts from Maspex and Food Bank in Olsztyn will prepare demonstrations, discussions and science shows on food sustainability and ‘’zero waste’’ ecological trends for middle school students and teachers.

Participants will learn simple methods of responsible food management that can be successfully used in everyday life, as well as get familiarized with the idea of ‘food sharing’ implemented by Polish Food Banks. Hand-in-hand with scientists the guests will perform laboratory analyses and discover health benefits of many food production side streams, which are commonly treated as waste, e.g. fruit pomace or coffee grounds. Students will also get an insight into the process of freeze-drying, an innovative food preservation method which allows keeping the nutritional value of products for a very long time. They will check the production process behind food stuffs with a 30-year long expiration date, take a look at space scrambled eggs and find out how to distinguish dried from freeze-dried foods.

During the event, young adepts will also take part in workshops on designing functional foods and personalised products for ‘’special tasks’’, which are dedicated to persons suffering from diet-related diseases. The formula of St. Nicolas Day with EIT Food meeting allows direct contact with the experts and will bring many surprises to all the guests.

The event will take place in Czarny Groń near Wadowice.

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EIT Food #AnnualFoodAgenda at Transition Festiwal in Copernicus Science Centre

 3D food printers, mobile polyphenol tests for fruits and juices, innovative food preservation methods and the afterlife of food waste. On October 4th, EIT Food #AnnualFoodAgenda showroom called ‚Food open to the world’ took place during the ‚Transition Festival’ at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland.

As a part of #Annual Food Agenda season 4: #FoodSustainability theme, researchers from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS, together with MASPEX experts and agri-food innovators, brought us closer to the latest scientific and technological achievements that lead to the production of healthy, safe, nutritious food, with a maximal use of raw materials and a minimal environmental imprint. In the EIT Food showroom, we could find 3D food printers, mobile polyphenol tests for fruits and juices, as well as an intelligent plant lighting system that allows producing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers throughout the year. Entire families could take a closer look at natural and functional food products, as well as plant-based proteins, exploited as  alternatives to animal and soy proteins. During ’hands-on’ workshops and demonstrations, we learnt about innovative food preservation methods and food products with a 30-year long expiration date. In addition, the guests got familiarized with personalized foodstuffs dedicated to people suffering from diet-related diseases and checked the unique nutritional value of some selected food production side streams. Last but not least, everyone took part in ‚zero waste’ games and explored the concept of  ‚food sharing’.


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Back in the day – Researchers’ Night with EIT Food

‚Cosmic’ food, superheroes on a plate, manufacture of food scientists, chemical mishmash in the kitchen, flower slow food, and youth potions from antioxidants. These are just some of the food celebration events showcased by the scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS and MASPEX during Researchers’ Night with EIT Food in Olsztyn, Poland. (więcej…)

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#AnnualFoodAgenda: Food open to the world

3D food printers, mobile polyphenol tests for fruits and juices, innovative food preservation methods and the afterlife of food waste. On October 4th, popular science EIT Food #AnnualFoodAgenda showroom called „Food open to the world” will take place during the „Transition Festival” at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. (więcej…)

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„You are, what you eat” – Researchers’ Night with EIT Food

Scientists manufacture, cosmic food, bacteria which sow ferment, flower slow food, superheroes on a plate, chemical mishmash and youth potions from antioxidants. These are just some of the workshops, which the scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS are preparing for us during Researchers’ Night with EIT Food to commence on the 27th September 2019 right in the centre of region’s biggest shopping mall. (więcej…)

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#AnnualFoodAgenda – food trends and future consumers

Clean labels, probiotic foods, alternative protein sources, natural pigments and biohacking – these are only a few examples of food and drink „megatrends” set to make it big this year. On June 8th, during an outdoor science festival, researchers from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research together with experts from MASPEX company exposed consumers to global innovations that change the ways we produce, buy, eat and dispose food. (więcej…)

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#AnnualFoodAgenda – food trends and future consumers

Clean labels, probiotic foods, alternative protein sources, natural pigments and biohacking – these are only a few examples of food and drink „megatrends” set to make it big this year. On June 8th, during an outdoor science festival, researchers from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research together with experts from MASPEX company will expose consumers to global innovations that change the ways we produce, buy, eat and dispose food. (więcej…)

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