Press Release: Meet the EIT Food Accelerator winners

2019 EIT Food Accelerator Network Programme winners: Orbem AI, uFraction8 and Trigger Systems. The finalists were invited to compete for three awards, consisting of financial support worth EUR 100 000 each. The winners were announced at the EIT Food Venture Summit on 13 November 2019, at Estufia Fria in Lisbon.

Press Release: Food packaging: a practical guide to environmental footprint labelling

Food packaging waste is currently under scrutiny. In the context of its Circular Economy Action Plan1 , the EU is addressing this through, among others, its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative2 , which aims to enhance the reliability of environmental claims — both in a business-to-consumer and in a business-to-business context. The initiative aims, therefore, to boost the market of green and circular products. However, a review of the methods available for assessing the environmental sustainability of packaging now highlights the difficulty of clearly characterising packaging’s environmental impact. The study suggests a new, fully quantifiable framework that could help to standardise assessment methods and bring ‘environmental footprint labelling’ to fruition.

Press Release: Changes in soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity should be considered when assessing environmental impact of dairy products

Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.

Agenda: Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers (27 & 28 November 2019)

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Event: Take Whole grain Seriously! Make your grains whole: for your and the planet’s health (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a  highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.

Agenda: Coordination Working Party (FAO) (20 November 2019)

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Agenda: EP AGRI Committee Meeting (18 November 2019)

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Press Release: Innovation needed to end food loss and global hunger

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today raising awareness, greater innovation – including digital technologies – and investment were needed to reduce food waste and eliminate global hunger. The Director-General gave the keynote speech to the Vatican’s Conference on Food Loss and Waste Reduction hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome. Pope Francis has described food waste as scandalous and called for urgent economic and social initiatives to end hunger.

Event: The State of Food and Agriculture: Moving Forward on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (Brussels, 18 November 2019)

Food and Agriculture report focuses on food losses and waste, providing new estimates of the world’s food lost from production and up to, but excluding, the retail level. Addressing policy makers, the report also offers a comprehensive analysis of the critical loss points in specific supply chains, thus providing examples on appropriate measures for an effective reduction.

Press Release: European Business and Nature Summit – Global Business meets in Madrid to act for Nature

Leading organisations convene in the Natural Capital Week 2019 to scale up integration of natural capital and biodiversity into economic decision-making, in the run-up to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference. Nature loss is putting businesses and the economy at risk. More and more businesses understand that they are fundamentally dependant on the health of nature and ecosystems, and that their degradation places severe costs on businesses and economies. They also recognise that protecting, restoring and understanding their relationship with nature is in their own economic interest, allowing them to gain a competitive advantage.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (6 November 2019)

A summary of the presentation of the reports is now available. 

Press Release: The European Parliament tightens up its environmental standards

The renewal of Parliament’s Environmental Policy was signed on Wednesday by President David Maria Sassoli and Secretary General Klaus Welle. The document, approved by the Bureau on 16 September 2019 and formally signed on Wednesday in the Environment committee, reaffirms the EP’s administration commitment to “maintain Parliament’s EMAS registration and its environmental approach of continuous improvement”.

Event: SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting (Dublin, 3-7 May 2020)

SETAC Dublin is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. You cannot miss this event if you are interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. Between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries, provides a unique networking opportunity and a chance for cross-collaboration long after the closing session.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Study on ‘Megatrends in the agri-food sector: global overview and possible policy response from an EU perspective’ (5 November 2019)

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Report: Digestate and compost as fertilisers: Risk assessment and risk management options

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Comitology Meeting: PAFF Committee – section Novel Food and Toxicological Safety (18 November 2019)

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Event: Sustainable Food – A systems approach for EU Policy (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

At this event, the need for a systems approach to EU food policy including the tensions between agro-ecological approaches and advocates of ‘sustainable intensification’, the need for enhanced biodiversity and steady crop yields, new systems for environmental land management and public engagement in this process would be examined. The wider picture will consider how EU agricultural trade policy and trade governance will need to be reconsidered in order to play a positive role in creating an EU-wide sustainable food system. Our proposed system needs concerted action across governments, an interdisciplinary approach and collaborative policy solutions.

Agenda: Research Working Party meeting (4 November 2019)

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Draft Council conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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