The Commission launched theáStart-up Village Forumáto gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU's June 2021álong-term vision for rural areasáand the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual Start-up Village Forum contributes to boosting research and innovation in rural communities and help build up a more innovative entrepreneurship that will attract more young and talented people.
The field of aquaponics has recently yielded a new plant-fish combination. For the first time, a salinity-tolerant plant commonly known as glasswort, or sea asparagus, has been grown together with flathead grey mullet (Mugil cephalus), an important food fish species found in coastal waters worldwide. The experiment was carried out by the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) at its centre in Sant Carles de la RÓpita, Spain, as part of the EU-funded NewTechAqua project.
The overall picture is complex, and little is known about how these stressors interact, or how to address the drop in biodiversity. The Safeguard (Safeguarding European wild pollinators) project is a 4-year programme which aims to fill in the gaps, compiling all the available data on wild pollinators while carrying out new field experiments to understand the complex interplay of individual drivers of pollinator decline.
Matching the water supply to plants’ needs would increase yields and save money. With this goal, the EU-funded StemSense project developed a sensor that measures fruit trees’ and vines’ demand for water. The current project is a continuation of an earlier EU-funded project of the same name, which studied the device’s feasibility and validated the production. The new project miniaturised the sensor, finalised the software and industrial processes and demonstrated the technology in the marketplace.
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The Commission decided toápositively respondáto the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals. The proposal will come as part of the ongoing revision of the animal welfare legislation under the Farm to Fork Strategy.
The SHERPACK project that received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public private partnership between the EU and industry, developed a flexible paper based packaging for dry food, such as cereal or coffee. The several layers of this novel material provide barrier and sealing functionality on the one side and added stiffness while decreasing the overall weight on the other.
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The THRIVE Global Initiative aims to enable the needed transformations in the entire food value chain by hosting a series of international pitch challenges that address the key initiatives highlighted by the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These international pitch challenges will amplify and focus efforts to identify, promote, accelerate, and invest in innovative early-stage startup solutions that are creating new and alternative paths for a more efficient and sustainable global food system.
The Soil Mission Support coordination and support action, launched in November 2020, will bring major research and innovation stakeholders in soil health and management together and promises to be a good supporting initiative for the proposed EU mission in the area of soil health and food.
Ploutos aims to create opportunities for changes that can rebalance the value chain in the agri-food system towards a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable system. Ploutos will take a systems-based approach looking at the overall impact of changes at any point in the value chain, thereby enabling a more comprehensive and in depth understanding. To achieve that Ploutos will use the Sustainable Innovative Framework!