Food Chain Sustainability

Competing requirements for resources raises issues for future food security and sustainability, stressing the need for efficient crop and animal production systems and supply chains that minimise negative effects on the environment. We combine expertise across a number of key areas including food production, the sustainability of agro-ecosystems, food security, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and animal welfare and behaviour.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL PLASTIC FILM CLADDING MATERIALS FOR POLY-TUNNELS

Poly tunnels, growing areas enclosed by plastic film cladding, have transformed the production of many crops in the UK and around the world, by reducing losses from poor weather, pests,…Read More >

CleanFruit – Standardization of innovative pest control strategies to produce zero residue fruit for baby food and other fruit produce

Fruit crop protection is heavily dependent on chemical pesticides. Fruit processors need fruit free from pesticides for baby food and other specialized products. Fruit quality and safety could benefit from…Read More >

Seaweed supplementation to mitigate methane (CH4) emissions by cattle (SeaCH4NGE)

The project started in 2019 and the aim is to reduce methane (CH4) emission from cattle and increase product quality. There is a gap in the market for products with…Read More >

NMR-based MetabolomIcs foR orgAniC miLk authEntication (NMR-MIRACLE)

Started in 2019, this project will develop an analytical service to authenticate organic milk and enhance transparency throughout the dairy supply chain. This responds to an increasing consumer demand for…Read More >

Constituent sensing of small grains

Additionally, food safety requires the full traceability of crop constituents in the complete food value chain. This includes correct and seamless documentation of all production steps. One missing piece is…Read More >

EIT Food Digital Marketplace for Side Streams

The goal of this project is to enable companies worldwide to easily identify candidate side streams for valorisation to catalyse match-making between suppliers and buyers and to build a knowledge…Read More >

“LINKDAPA”: Linking multi-source data for adoption of precision agriculture

This project will use multi-source data to co-create with farmers and their advisers, crop management zones for precision agriculture (PA) solutions. The zones will be based on synergistic integrations of…Read More >

HarnessINg Seaweed to Produce Iodine-forRtifiEd organic milk (INSPIRE organic milk)

Iodised salt and milk are the main sources of I in human diets. However, organic milk is typically low in I and organic salt is not iodised. The project aims…Read More >

Impact on sustainability, shelf life and nutritional value by vertically farmed leafy greens via a new local supply chain

Access to fresh produce is and will continue to be an issue in the densely populated European cities. Due to the long and complex supply chain up to 40% of…Read More >

Integrating Precision Farming in Computer Game

In spite of these benefits, its adoption by farmers remains low. The co-creation of a new precision farming module for a farming simulator game is a novel and innovative way…Read More >