The EU-funded project Strength2Food launched today the first Strategic Guide on Sustainable Food Quality Schemes (FQS), as a result of a 5-year research at European level. Presented on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day, the tool will allow practitioners, policymakers and researchers to explore the links between sustainability and FQS. It also aims to increase consumers’ awareness of the relationships between FQS, public goods and sustainability, and boost their willingness to pay for services embedded in FQS products. Prof. Matthew Gorton, the Strength2Food project coordinator, said: “on World Intellectual Property Day, it is wonderful to demonstrate Strength2Food research [...]
How can we make school meals more sustainable and healthy through short supply chains? Is it possible to provide primary schools with organic produce? How could you get local producers involved through public food procurement? Dr Richard Simmons, from University of Stirling, elaborates on all this and more, with insights from action research in Serbia, in this Strength2Food podcast special.
Coldiretti’s network of farmers’ markets “Campagna Amica” is seeing increasing demand for direct and online sales by Italian consumers. Since the Italian government decided to enforce new lockdown measures in March 2021, consumers’ requests for online and direct sales have grown again. The new restrictions limit citizens’ ability to move across towns and require citizens to shop locally. This produces new challenges for consumers to access fresh and seasonal food by local producers. The network of Campagna Amica has responded to these challenges, and new online and direct sales channels are today in place to ensure consumers can still [...]
Strength2Food partner KONZUM is promoting the label "Fish of Croatia – eat what it is worth" (Riba Hrvatske – jedi što vrijedi) in its stores as part of a campaign to support the local fishing industry and increase consumption of fresh fish. The label is awarded by the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture and the Croatian Chamber of Economy for fresh and frozen fish from Croatian rivers, lakes and seas. It guarantees that customers are offered only products of high quality and Croatian origin. Thanks to its own packing facility and relationships with local fishers, KONZUM ensures that from catch [...]
On 2 March 2021, the European Commission published an Evaluation support study on the geographical indications (GIs) and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSGs) protected in the EU. The study intended to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of EU quality policy in the period between May 2008 and December 2020, with the aim of analysing the policy options for a review of the EU GIs scheme. In order to provide the consumers with clear, reliable and exhaustive information, the study has covered and assessed 3,286 GIs and TSG names originating from EU Member States and registered [...]
Strength2Food Webinar on “Sustainability of Thai Geographical Indication Products in the International Market”
On 5th February 2021, a webinar on the “Sustainability of Thai Geographical Indication Products in the International Market” was organised in the context of the Strength2Food project. The online event was a great success, with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials and more than 500 views on the Facebook channel within 24 hours after the seminar. Many experts from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia were also invited to participate and discuss the topic. After a brief presentation of the Strength2Food project by the coordinator Matthew Gorton, from Newcastle University, Mr. Stephane Passeri – International GI [...]