1608, 2018

Strength2Food at the ICAE, Vancouver

Professor Monika Hartmann organised a special session at the 30th International Conference of the Agricultural Economists (28th July to 2nd August) to showcase Strength2Food work on the effects of Geographical Indications (GIs). The session included papers on the effects of GIs on: trade (Curzi, Raimondi, Falco and Olper), farm incomes and their stability (Arfini, Donati and Menozzi), price volatility and transmission (Ferrer-Pérez, Abdelradi and Gil) as well as consumers’ understanding and use of GI labels (Yeh, Hartmann, Török, Filipović, Veneziani). The session identified that GIs can positively affect export trade margins, farm incomes and reduce price volatility along the [...]

1608, 2018

Strength2Food Goes to Washington

What leads consumers to trust the EU’s organic label? That was the focus of a presentation by Ching-hua Yeh, from Universität Bonn, at last week’s Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting in Washington D.C. Dr. Yeh revealed that consumers’ trust of the EU’s organic label depends on trust in the EU generally – what is known as institutional trust. Much of this transfer of trust from the EU as an institution is blind as consumers generally lack a detailed knowledge of what the EU’s organic label certifies. The analysis draws on a large survey conducted across 7 [...]

2607, 2018

Fivizzano-Hybrid Forum: “Agriculture and Food: which recipes help fight against the depopulation of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano”

On June 1st, at the San Giovanni Museum in Fivizzano (MS), during the 17th edition of the "Sapori" event, a "hybrid" forum of experts and non-experts gathered around a table to discuss and suggest solutions to help fight against the depopulation of the area of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano reserve (Figure 1). The day was divided into two parts: the first part being a meeting of experts and panelists (14.30-16.00), the second part (16.00 – 18.00) involving public participation. The panelists where Nino Folegnani (President of the Lunigiana LAG ), Rachele Grassi (Agricultural holding [...]

1107, 2018

Reducing food waste from school meals in Italy

While much effort goes into planning school meals to meet nutritional guidelines, this can be wasted if children reject what is on offer. This was the subject of a seminar led by Beatrice Biasini, from the University of Parma (Italy), who is currently visiting Newcastle University. Together with her Italian colleagues (Dr. Alice Rosi and Prof. Francesca Scazzina) on the Strength2Food project, Beatrice has carefully measured plate waste from school meals in primary schools located in Parma and Lucca. Preliminary results from one school revealed that for some dishes more is wasted than consumed. However, what is consumed or [...]

3006, 2018

Strength2Food visits Copenhagen to talk about short food supply chains

The third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) was held in Copenhagen in June 27–30 2018. The SCORAI initiative is a global network of researchers aiming for innovative research in the area of sustainable consumption, while also bridging academic research with mainstream thinking and policy making. The conference in Copenhagen gathered about 200 participants from academia, policy makers and the business sector. Two papers on Short Food Supply Chains (SFSC) based on the research in WP7 of the Strenght2Food project were presented in a special session on Alternative Food Networks. The first paper explored the [...]

406, 2018

Recap of the recent Hybrid Forum in Belgrade

On June 4th, Strength2Food held its Hybrid Forum (HF) in Belgrade, Serbia in one of the schools taking part in the project’s WP9 school meals pilot scheme. Coordinated with the help of the school’s director Jole Bulatović, the event took place from 15:30 until 20:00, which meant that a few curious children were milling around while setting up for the event. The theme, “Developing regulations for standards on the quality of food in primary schools," was in honour of the project’s Ministry of Education and Science partner. As a working group within the Ministry was finalising its recommendations, this was [...]