709, 2018

3rd Interim Meeting and the 164th EAAE Conference, Crete

The 3rd S2F Interim Meeting took place in Chania, Crete, on 5th September 2018, and was hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania and organised in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). The event was organised in conjunction to the 164th European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar “Preserving Ecosystem Services via Sustainable Agro-Food Chains”, on 5-7th September. On the first day of the meeting, parallel sessions took place to discuss the progress of project tasks, including: data collection and fieldwork progress on food quality schemes (WP5), school meals public procurement (WP6) and short food supply [...]

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 [...]

208, 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 [...]

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 [...]

2006, 2018

Strength2Food flies to Australia to talk about GIs

Image credit: ANU Centre for European Studies Strenght2Food landed in Canberra, Australia on June to join a three-day event on geographical indications (GIs) led by the Australian National University Centre for European Studies (ANUCES). The workshop was part of the wider Jean Monnet project ‘Understanding Geographical Indications’ which seeks to identify GIs-relevant policies and provide a more solid trade basis between the European Union and Australia/New Zealand. The activities started on 19 and 20 June with the workshop: ‘GIs: what do we know and what should we know?’, aimed at taking stock on what is known about the impact [...]