Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University

Catriona Lakemond

Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Catriona Lakemond
Catriona Lakemond is an Assistant professor in the goup “Food Quality and Design” of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research focusses on insect as a food source. She studies processing of insects to make them suitable for human consumption. This includes biofractionation of insect species with a focus on the protein fraction.

About Wageningen University
Wageningen UR is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’ to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. We do fundamental research all over the world. We also train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology. Continue reading “Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University”

Light technology improving food safety – Presented by Lien Smeesters, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics – VUB

lien smeesters

Light technology improving food safety – Presented by Lien Smeesters, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Food safety and quality has become increasingly important in our society. Agriculture industries can benefit from photonics technologies to reduce the presence of contaminants in the food chain, protect personal health and limit food waste. We developed real-time, accurate and non-destructive sensing technologies that are indispensable for the detection of carcinogens in food. As an example, we illustrate the use of optical spectroscopy to monitor the acrylamide formation in potatoes, enabling the exclusion of potatoes unsuited for French fries production. Finally, we demonstrate the integration of optical sensing technologies into laser-based scanning systems, paving the way to an industrial implementation.

About Lien Smeesters
Lien Smeesters is a post-doctoral researcher at the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Team, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her main research is situated in the field of optical spectroscopy, and the use of optical sensing techniques for the detection of carcinogens. She is actively involved in applied-oriented research projects in collaboration with industry. Continue reading “Light technology improving food safety – Presented by Lien Smeesters, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics – VUB”

Insect Valley Europe as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Presented by Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods / Vivara

Eric Michels

Insect Valley Europe as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Presented by Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

There are very concrete and advanced plans to realize an ‘Insect Valley Europe’ at Greenport Venlo. This is an open and innovative collaboration platform between various triple helix partners (governments, business and research- and education institutions). Will this be the future beating heart of European insect cultivation to start up the flywheel and boost the insect industry?

About Eric Michels
Educated in Agricultural Engineering and Master Business Administration. Worked as General Manager in Feedmill Industry. Nowadays as Business Developer in Insects Business.

About CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara 
CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara has become a leading specialist in the development and sale of products for small wildlife (mostly wild birds). The main USP is the exclusive relationship with many nature conservation associations at home and abroad, which millions of members represent. We are mainly active in the European market (10 countries) which grows autonomously annually. The relationships with green partners, product diversity and infrastructure in B2B and B2C markets give CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara a strong position in this niche market. Continue reading “Insect Valley Europe as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Presented by Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods / Vivara”

Health and Nutrition Research and Food Inovation at Maastricht University Campus Venlo – Presented by Freddy Troost

Freddy Troost

Health and Nutrition Research and Food Inovation at Maastricht University Campus Venlo – Presented by Freddy Troost  at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

In 2017, Maastricht University will start a research centre on food innovation and health at campus Venlo, thereby expanding the University infrastructure in Venlo. This currently involves bachelor- and master study programmes at a university satellite location. In the new researchcentre, knowledge obtained in the biomedical research facilities at the Maastricht campus will be combined with innovations in the food- and agriculture sectors. The mission is to provide scientific substantiation of the health aspects of food, and to drive innovations in the food and beverage industry in order to develop and produce healthier products to prevent and treat diet related diseases. Research facilities at Villa Flora, ongoing and future research projects will be presented and discussed. Continue reading “Health and Nutrition Research and Food Inovation at Maastricht University Campus Venlo – Presented by Freddy Troost”

Health claims on foods – when can you use them? – Presented by Alie de Boer, Maastricht University, Campus Venlo

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Health claims on foods – when can you use them? – Presented by Alie de Boer, Maastricht University, Campus Venlo at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Already since 2006, European law regulates which voluntary statements about healthiness can be made on food products. After more then 10 years, this regulation is still controversial and it is unclear whether it reaches it goals: protect consumers from misleading and stimulate innovation. In this presentation, an overview of the regulation and its consequences will be given, and hands-on information will be provided on how to use claims on foods. Continue reading “Health claims on foods – when can you use them? – Presented by Alie de Boer, Maastricht University, Campus Venlo”

Safeguarding food chain authenticity: the consumer co-operative twist – Presented by Silvia Schmidt, Euro Coop

Silvia Schmidt

Safeguarding food chain authenticity: the consumer co-operative twist – Presented by Silvia Schmidt, Euro Coop at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Consumer co-operatives are retailers owned by consumers. Therefore, coops’ mission is to answer to consumers’ needs and expectations, and coop consumers expect food to be safe, authentic, and locally produced. Therefore, coops are committed to ensuring integrity of the food chain and to prevent fraudulent practices. During this speech we will see how different coops are addressing food chain authenticity and integrity, as well as food fraud. Also, we will delve into the role that innovation can play in demonstrating the authenticity of a food product. Continue reading “Safeguarding food chain authenticity: the consumer co-operative twist – Presented by Silvia Schmidt, Euro Coop”

The Farm – a lab at SPACE10 where we explore sustainable alternatives for producing & distributing food in urban environments – Presented by Stefannia Russo, SPACE10

Stefannia Russo

The Farm – a lab at SPACE10 where we explore sustainable alternatives for producing and distributing food in urban environments. – Presented by Stefannia Russo, SPACE10 at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

We have created a global food supply chain that allows people almost anywhere in the world to access all kinds of imported vegetables, fruits and processed goods. Everyday. It is impressive but it comes with a price. The sophisticated system filled with artificial fertilisers and preservatives is at the expense of nutrition and the environment. Today is estimated that the population might rise to 9.7 billion by 2050 and the UN estimates that we will need to produce 70% more food. Yet we already using 90% of all arable land in the world. We must find smarter ways to produce and distribute food in urban environments. And SPACE10 created The Farm, a lab to help us investigate alternatives for a better future. Continue reading “The Farm – a lab at SPACE10 where we explore sustainable alternatives for producing & distributing food in urban environments – Presented by Stefannia Russo, SPACE10”

Food & Nutrition is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference

Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference, which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Food & Nutrition
Food & Nutrition is the common multimedia platform for information exchange, knowledge transfer and discussion between entrepreneurs, policy makers and knowledge workers in the agro-food sector.

Food & Nutrition appears quarterly with a circulation of 6,200 copies and is sent to members of Board of Directors and senior management of companies, Governments and research institutions in the sector in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the magazine spread through displays in educational institutions to hook it to improve labour market-business. In the context of positioning of the sector is Food & Nutrition offered to relevant politicians and policy makers at European, national and provincial level. Furthermore, the magazine spread through displays in educational institutions to hook it to improve labour market-business. Continue reading “Food & Nutrition is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference”

Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Healthy Nutrition Conference

Brightlands Campus Greenport

Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Healthy Nutrition Conference, which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo
There are only a few places in the world that truly focus on achieving big, radical change. And Brightlands is one of them. Brightlands is a place in the heart of Europe, in the top-tech triangle between Eindhoven, Leuven and Aachen.

It’s a place where researchers and entrepreneurs tackle global challenges in the fields of materials, health and nutrition.

At Brightlands, leading international companies and institutes work together on healthy, sustainable solutions that crosses scientific, geographical and organizational boundaries. Continue reading “Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Healthy Nutrition Conference”

HortiBiz is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference

HortiBiz

HortiBiz is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About HortiBiz
HortiBiz was introduced in 2012 and consists of the online news portal HortiBiz.com, a free daily digital newsletter and HortiBiz magazine. HortiBiz focuses on the international horticulture and reports mainly about greenhouse grown vegetables, strawberries, flowers and potted plants. Specific themes such as technique, innovation, cultivation, crop protection, etc. are regularly discussed. Stories and articles are written by Dutch editors and international based writers. HortiBiz magazine can be received in print by subscription, but can also be read for free on computers, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading “HortiBiz is Media Partner of Healthy Nutrition Conference”