Interviews
Antonio Marques – Improving seafood safetyAntonio Marques – Improving seafood safety

New research is underway that aims to improve detection of seafood contaminants that could be used in prevention and to assess their impact on public health.

June 2014
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetesAnne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes

Obesity puts people at risk of type-2 diabetes. But new research aims to find a combined diet-exercise prescription for keeping the optimal body weight, which may help prevent the disease. 

May 2014
Geert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein sourceGeert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein source

Relying on proteins from fast-growing insects such as maggots presents many advantages, but we need a better knowledge of these protein sources before they can be turned into animal feed

April 2014
Sophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claimsSophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claims

Health claims and symbols on food products could have a positive impact on public health. But there’s no clear view yet on what works best. 

March 2014
Hans van Goudoever - Right amount of fat and protein, key to babiesHans van Goudoever - Right amount of fat and protein, key to babies

A new research projects studies the nutrition of babies and infants as a means to improve dietary recommendations to young mothers

December 2013
Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisersEdward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers

Reducing the environmentally damaging fertilisers is one of the challenges of modern agriculture.  A solution based on animal waste could be an option.

September 2013
Lucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agricultureLucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agriculture

An automatic system to increase agricultural crop yield and simultaneously save resources

September 2013
Ralf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich wasteRalf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich waste

By being smarter about reusing our daily human waste, and turning it into a resource, it is now possible to reduce unsustainable fertiliser production

July 2013
Søren Balling Engelsen: how molecules pinpoint deficient dietsSøren Balling Engelsen: how molecules pinpoint deficient diets

Scientists are now attempting to address the dietary habits of people with inadequate nutrition.

July 2013
Ton Baltissen: Optimised bloomingTon Baltissen: Optimised blooming

Dutch scientists are now tackling software based optimisation of plant growth in horticulture 

July 2013
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economyKeith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy

Trying to optimise production and use of staple food such as cassava and yams in African and Asian countries could also involve cross-fertilisation of best practices across continents

July 2013
Diana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futuresDiana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futures

Reaching forest sustainability is a challenge that could benefit from recently developed modelling tools designed to assist policy makers in their decisions

June 2013
Peter Freeman: Plants tell timePeter Freeman: Plants tell time

Plants tell time. And understanding the workings of their internal clocks can help us improve what we get from our crops. 

June 2013
Lars Ove Dragsted: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?Lars Ove Dragsted: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Studies of the bioactive compounds found in apples aim to uncover compounds that have an ability to prevent or alter the risk of serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

March 2013
Suzanne Dickson: Brain mechanisms of food rewardSuzanne Dickson: Brain mechanisms of food reward

Studying what makes us want to eat, could help devise approaches to prevent obesity, which is becoming widespread in Europe

March 2013
Clare Hall – who are the trusted sources of food safety information?Clare Hall – who are the trusted sources of food safety information?

The public perception of who can provide safe food evolves all the time and is culturally dependent, whereas people have preferred information channels they’d like to rely on to gain food safety information.

February 2013
Marek Zadernowski – When one size food rule does not fit all in EuropeMarek Zadernowski – When one size food rule does not fit all in Europe

Pan European food safety regulations leave a room for interpretation and could be more precise to help the food industry across Europe be more compliant. 

February 2013
Philippe Baralon – Anti-fraud systems could still be improvedPhilippe Baralon – Anti-fraud systems could still be improved

Damage to industry brands linked to fraud is almost as important as food safety because of the impact on their public image, while the current measures to prevent fraud could still be improved.

February 2013
Ragnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like waterRagnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like water

In the wake of previous food scandals, the public no longer trusts the authorities or the food industry. Reversing the trend would require transparency regarding risk management. 

February 2013
Mona Elena Popa – Complexity is the food chain’s weakest linkMona Elena Popa – Complexity is the food chain’s weakest link

Despite the robust traceability system adopted in Romania, the complexity of the supply chain multiplies the opportunities for fraudulent food to infiltrate the chain.

February 2013
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