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About Daniela
Daniela De Lorenzo is a 33 y.o. Italian journalist and photographer based in Brussels.
She holds a BA in International Studies and European Institutions from the University of Milan and a joint MA in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus Universitet, Danmarks Medie- og Journalisthøjskole and Universitet van Amsterdam.

Currently she works on environmental and food reporting and crime reporting.
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Denmark pushes for EU to prioritise plant-based food

19 Jun 2024  |  www.endseurope.com
Denmark's food minister emphasizes the strategic importance of plant-based foods for a sustainable future in the food industry, urging the EU to prioritize them to guide the EU bloc's food system towards sustainability.

Analysis: Why Farm to Fork ran into difficulties – and what happens next

10 Jun 2024  |  www.endseurope.com
The Farm to Fork strategy, a key component of the European Green Deal launched in 2020, is facing significant challenges. The article investigates the reasons behind the difficulties and explores potential future developments. The strategy aims to create a sustainable food system in Europe, but various elements are currently unraveling, raising questions about its implementation and effectiveness.

A disaster for the sea: Norway approves Arctic deep sea mining for minerals

31 May 2024  |  www.endseurope.com
The Norwegian minority government, in collaboration with the Conservative Party and the FRP, has reached an agreement to commence the search for seabed minerals on parts of the Norwegian continental shelf, following several weeks of negotiations. This decision has sparked concerns about the environmental impact on the Arctic region.

Case study: How Milan harnessed nature to tackle flood risk and heatwaves

24 May 2024  |  www.endseurope.com
The LIFE METRO ADAPT project in Milan has effectively utilized nature-based solutions to address flood risks and mitigate the urban heat island effect. The initiative has engaged citizens and led to significant changes in policymaking.

‘Strong condemnation’: EU Parliament expresses concern over Norway’s deep-sea mining plan

22 May 2024  |  www.endseurope.com
The European Parliament voted almost unanimously to express concerns over Norway's decision to advance seabed mining in the Arctic, highlighting significant environmental and policy implications.

Green Hydrogen And Next-Gen Electrolyzers: Hystar’s CEO Calls For Norway’s Transition

25 Apr 2024  |  Forbes
Norway, as the partner country of the German Hannover Messe, is focusing on industrial sustainable development, particularly in green hydrogen and electrolyzer technology. Hystar, a Norwegian high-tech company, is showcasing its advanced PEM electrolyzers for green hydrogen production. CEO Fredrik Mowill emphasizes the need for Norway to invest more in tech solutions to lead the green industrial transition. The green hydrogen market is expected to grow significantly, driven by low renewable energy costs and advancements in electrolysis technologies. Hystar aims to be a market leader, with plans to expand in North America and Asia. The company has secured contracts with major clients like Equinor, Yara, and Polenergia, and is investing in next-generation materials to enhance efficiency.

Belgian-Dutch Ventyr Wins Norway’s First Offshore Wind Auction

20 Mar 2024  |  forbes.com
Ventyr, a Belgian-Dutch company, won the auction to develop the Southern North Sea II offshore wind project near Norway's border with Denmark. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced the project as part of Norway's goal to achieve 30,000 MW of renewable energy by 2040. The auction, which required bidders to propose the lowest amount of government support needed, was won by Ventyr with a bid of 115 øre per kilowatt hour. The consortium includes Ingka Investment, part of the Ingka Group that owns IKEA stores, and Belgian offshore wind developer Parkwind. Despite the auction's success, many bidders withdrew due to concerns over low profitability amid rising development costs and insufficient subsidies.

Norway’s Clean Energy Ambitions Based On Digitalisation Are Not Enough

26 Jan 2024  |  Forbes
Despite Norway's fully renewable power system and high electric vehicle adoption, the country has only reduced emissions by 4.6% since 1990, far from its 2030 target of 55%. Challenges include scaling up renewable energy, increasing storage capacity, and balancing the power grid. The oil and gas industry remains a significant employer, complicating the transition. Norway's energy minister confirmed continued fossil fuel extraction, citing Europe's need to diversify from Russian energy. Equinor is investing in renewable projects, but faces delays. Controversy arises over wind farms in protected Sámi areas and plans to mine seabed minerals, which environmentalists argue threaten marine life. Norway's digitalization efforts in energy and potential deep-sea mining require careful environmental monitoring and research investment.

EU Approves $986 Million German State Aid For Northvolt’s Battery Plant, Matching US Subsidies

08 Jan 2024  |  Forbes
The European Commission has approved a $986 million aid package from Germany to support Northvolt's battery production plant for electric vehicles, ensuring the investment remains in Europe rather than moving to the US. This measure is part of the EU's Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework and aligns with the Green Deal Industrial Plan, aiming to advance a net-zero economy. The plant, located in Heide, Germany, will have an annual capacity of 60 GWh, producing batteries for up to one million electric vehicles annually, with operations starting in 2026 and full capacity by 2029.

Green Ads Confuse Consumers Damaging Impact Of Change Behavior, Says Report

28 Nov 2023  |  Forbes
Consumers' efforts to reduce their environmental footprint are hindered by misleading green advertising, according to a report by the European Consumer Organization BEUC. The report highlights that deceptive 'green claims' by companies mislead consumers and diminish true environmental impact. An international survey revealed that eco-labels significantly influence consumer choices, but many consumers are unable to recognize false green claims. The European Commission is working on legislation to better protect consumers from greenwashing, with new measures expected to take effect in 2026.

Italy’s Cultivated Meat Ban Just A ‘Strategic Move’ Ahead EU Elections, NGO Say

19 Nov 2023  |  Forbes
The Italian Parliament approved a ban on cultivated meat, a move seen by civil society organizations as a strategic political maneuver by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy ahead of the 2024 European Elections. The government claims the ban protects Italian food culture, but critics argue it aims to gain political leverage. The ban faces legal challenges from the European Commission and requires approval from President Sergio Mattarella, who has expressed concerns. The article highlights the political dynamics and potential legal battles surrounding the ban.

Current round of cultivated meat in Europe goes through Italy

16 Nov 2023  |  Forbes Brasil
The Italian Parliament approved a ban on the production and marketing of cultivated meat, a move seen as defending Italian food culture and heritage. However, civil society organizations believe the ban serves the strategic political interest of the Brothers of Italy party ahead of the 2024 elections. The Italian Agriculture Minister called for a different Europe, while Germany and Denmark are promoting alternative proteins. The EU will review the same legislative text Italy withdrew from the TRIS notification process, which was considered weak. The Italian government's decision to withdraw the law is seen as a political choice to promote the government's outcome before the European elections. The proposed policy must receive approval from the Italian President, which is uncertain due to potential EU market law violations.

This Norwegian AI Powered Startup Has Big Plans For The Meat Industry

09 Nov 2023  |  Forbes
A Norwegian startup, Völur, is revolutionizing the meat industry with AI-based technology aimed at optimizing cutting and sorting processes, thereby reducing waste and environmental impact. Despite the meat industry's expected growth due to rising global demand, Völur's technology promises to enhance efficiency and sustainability by maximizing animal utilization. The startup has already partnered with major companies like JBS and Cooperl, and aims to expand its technology to cover various types of meat production. The initiative could significantly lower CO2 emissions and improve industry margins, although it faces challenges from conservative industry practices and stringent European sustainability standards.

Norwegian startup using AI aims to eliminate waste in the meat industry

01 Nov 2023  |  forbes.com.br
A Norwegian startup, Völur, is pioneering the use of AI to optimize the meat industry's efficiency and reduce waste, potentially cutting CO2 emissions significantly. Founded in 2019 and based in Oslo, Völur's technology aims to maximize the use of animal carcasses, aligning production with demand to avoid overproduction and negative margins. The company has secured clients like JBS and Cooperl and is looking to expand its solutions to other types of meat production. The initiative could lead to fewer animals being needed to meet market demand, supporting stricter animal welfare regulations and reducing energy consumption in meat storage.

Italy takes a step back in the determination to ban cultivated meat

20 Oct 2023  |  forbes.com.br
Italian Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida withdrew a proposed law banning cultivated meat after presenting it to the European Union, stating the withdrawal is not a setback. Over 2 million people and 3,500 municipalities in Italy signed a petition to regulate cultivated meat, supported by the Italian agricultural organization Coldiretti. The ban could prevent the establishment of new biotechnological and lab-cultivated food companies in Italy and may violate Article 9 of the Italian Constitution, which promotes scientific research development. Lollobrigida, who is related to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, initially proposed the bill to protect national interest, food heritage, and consumer health. The Italian Senate approved the bill in July, but after notifying the European Commission, the government retracted the text for further study. The Ministry of Agriculture plans to quickly notify the EU of the revised bill.

Collective Action Needed To Reimagine Capitalism, But Indigenous Communities Challenge Sustainability

17 Oct 2023  |  Forbes
The article emphasizes the urgent need for collective action to reimagine capitalism in the face of global climate and economic challenges. Rebecca Henderson, a Harvard Business School professor, advocates for businesses to adopt more sustainable and purpose-driven models. However, indigenous communities, represented by scholars like Liisa-Rávná Finbog, challenge the Western-centric approach to sustainability, arguing it perpetuates capitalist values. The article also highlights the increasing interest in sustainability consultancies and investments, while noting the importance of incorporating diverse voices in the sustainability discourse.

This Danish Startup Bets On Bank Card Tapping To Mainstream Reusable Packaging

09 Oct 2023  |  Forbes
Danish startup Kleen Hub is trialing a new third-generation return system for reusable packaging that operates with a single bank card tap, aiming to increase adoption by minimizing consumer effort. Founded in 2019, Kleen Hub initially offered reusable stainless steel boxes and coffee mugs through an app. The new system uses android devices with embedded chips and QR codes on cups to streamline the process. The company is collaborating with Coffee Collective to introduce the system in Copenhagen and is seeking investment to expand. The European Commission's goal for all EU packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030 aligns with Kleen Hub's mission, despite the current decline in global circularity rates.

Danish pork firm sued for 'greenwashing' in legal first

02 Oct 2023  |  euobserver.com
Denmark has seen its first greenwashing litigation against pork producer Danish Crown A/S, marking the first lawsuit against a European food producer over climate claims. The Western High Court of Denmark is tasked with determining if the company misled consumers by placing wrongful climate claims on its pork meat labels.

Inside Hoxton Farms, The First UK Cultured-Fat Plant And Its Secret Weapon

20 Sep 2023  |  Forbes
Hoxton Farms, a London-based biotech company, opened its first pilot facility for cultivating animal fat on September 21st. The facility aims to advance research, scale-up production, and develop prototypes with plant-based companies and supermarkets. Founded in 2020 by Max Jamilly and Ed Steele, the company focuses on producing cultivated fat, a key flavor component in food. The launch follows a $22 million Series A funding round. Hoxton Farms has developed custom in-house bioreactors to optimize fat cell growth, which could significantly increase production efficiency. The company is exploring the enhancement of plant-based foods with cultivated fat and is considering locations for its first commercial plant outside of central London.

Denmark’s $195 Millions Plant-Based Fund Receives Overwhelming Number Of Applicants

10 Sep 2023  |  Forbes
Over one hundred applicants, including industry, startups, and research centers, have applied for Denmark's $195 million fund aimed at fostering plant-based protein production. Approved in 2021, this initiative represents the largest investment in plant-based research and development in the EU, aiming to reduce food system emissions. The Plant Foundation, managing the fund, received 101 applications, with 97 deemed eligible. The first round will distribute $8.35 million, though the total requested amount is $29.4 million. Selection criteria focus on promoting demand in food services, supply promotion, and increasing exports. Results will be announced by the end of November.

DiCaprio-Backed Cultivated Meat Company First To Gain B Corp Certification

07 Sep 2023  |  Forbes
Dutch cultured beef company Mosa Meat has become the first cultivated meat company to achieve B Corp Certification, recognized for its high standards of social and environmental impact. The company, backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, has been a pioneer in the cultivated meat industry since its inception in 2013. CEO Maarten Bosch emphasized the company's commitment to sustainability and its role in leading by example. The certification highlights Mosa Meat's efforts in reducing natural resource use and protecting its mission, setting a framework for other socially conscious businesses.

Cultivated Meat with DiCaprio's Support is the First to Receive B Corp Certification

01 Sep 2023  |  forbes.com.br
Mosa Meat, a Dutch cultivated red meat company, announced in early September its status as a Certified B Corporation, joining a global community of businesses meeting high standards of social and environmental impact. With around 4,300 B Corps in 77 countries, Mosa Meat attracted celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, who became a consultant and investor in 2021. Cultivated meat, produced through biotechnological processes, is seen as a promising solution to environmental challenges posed by conventional animal production. Mosa Meat, based in Maastricht, Netherlands, received certifications for two Impact Business Models (IBMs) for reducing resource use and for fulfilling the company's purpose. CEO Maarten Bosch expressed optimism for shared values in the nascent field of cellular agriculture. DiCaprio hailed the certification as a champion of change. Mosa Meat, known for presenting the first cultivated red meat burger in 2013, opened a fourth factory in Maastricht earlier in May, making it the world's largest meat harvesting center.

Pastry Chefs Are Loving The First Plant-Based Butter Designed For Pastries

30 Jun 2023  |  forbes.com
Be Better My Friend, a Dutch startup based in Barcelona, has developed the first plant-based butter specifically designed for pastries, offering improved taste and flavor for products like croissants, scones, and cakes. Co-founded by pastry chef Marike van Beurden and former Barry Callebaut Group executive Joost Lindeman, the company created a low-processed, environmentally friendly butter alternative that has been well-received by pastry professionals in over 15 countries. The product, which enhances the flavor of ingredients without overpowering them, has a longer shelf life and is competitively priced. Be Better My Friend focuses on a B2B strategy and has recently won a competition at ProVeg International's Incubator program, signaling a promising future for the startup.

Europe Discusses Rules for Cell-Based Food Production

11 May 2023  |  Forbes Brasil
The European Commission is open to innovations in food production, including cell-based foods, as stated by Bruno Gautrais of the Commission's New Foods unit. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated nearly 100 new food applications, and the regulatory framework is being discussed to ensure safety and legal certainty for companies. No cell-based food applications have been received by EFSA yet, due to the rigorous process. Meatable, a Dutch biotech company, has conducted the first global tasting of cultured pork sausages in Singapore. EuropaBio emphasizes the need for the EU to act to reduce waiting times for application analysis to prevent companies from leaving Europe.

EU nears endgame of trade talks with Australia

24 Apr 2023  |  politico.eu
EU and Australian trade negotiators are in the final stages of their trade talks, with both sides aiming to resolve outstanding technical issues and sensitive topics such as agriculture and geographical indications. The EU, led by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is keen to reduce trade dependency on autocratic regimes and sees the deal as a geopolitical win, while Australia seeks to balance China's influence. Agriculture access and European car exports are among the contentious points, with the EU also pushing for adherence to its environmental standards. Australian officials and industry representatives express a mix of optimism and concern, with European Greens demanding greater climate commitments.

The EU booze industry is up in arms over Irish health warnings. Why?

17 Mar 2023  |  politico.eu
Europe is embroiled in a dispute over Ireland's plan to mandate health warning labels on alcohol, akin to cigarette packaging warnings. The European Commission has approved the initiative, which is part of Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, designed to curb alcohol abuse. The labels would state that alcohol consumption causes liver disease, harms unborn babies, and is linked to fatal cancers. Nine EU member states and the drinks industry have objected, claiming it attacks the EU's single market and moderate drinking. The labels, which could be implemented by 2026, have sparked fears of trade barriers and increased bureaucracy. The Irish government contends that the responsibility for labeling will fall on domestic retailers, not foreign producers. The drinks industry, however, argues that this is impractical and could lead to separate packaging lines for domestic sales. Legal action against the Irish plan is being considered by some EU members, who view it as a threat to the single market.

Baby foods take centre stage in push for more safety and quality

24 Jan 2023  |  projects.research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu
Food safety and quality are increasingly important in the context of rising global demand and food production. The EU-funded SAFFI project, coordinated by Dr Erwan Engel from INRAE, aims to improve safety and quality in infant food production by collaborating with major research organizations and infant-food producers in Europe and China. The project focuses on popular infant-food lines and tests innovative processing technologies. Additionally, the NUTRISHIELD project seeks to create personalized diets for children with obesity or diabetes and lactating mothers, using laser technology developed by Alpes Lasers for biomarker analysis. These initiatives contribute to the EU economy and aim to improve safety standards and reduce trade barriers.

‘Wrong Color’ Says Danish Supermarket, 1 Ton Italian Pears Rescued By New Nordic Pioneer Chef

31 Oct 2022  |  forbes.com
A Danish supermarket chain rejected over 1.3 tons of organic pears from an Italian farmer company due to their 'wrong color'. Eat GRIM, an anti-food waste company, sought help to rescue the fruits. Danish food producer Meyers, founded by chef Claus Meyer, responded and utilized the pears in their canteens and as part of a 'Thursday cake' tradition. This action aligns with Meyers' goal to become CO2-neutral by 2025 and their efforts to reduce food waste, which also includes a partnership with Too Good to Go. The Italian pear producer, Bio Fruit Service, noted that organic fruits can be more fragile, leading to potential rejections by supermarkets.

Gourmey to Build Europe's Largest Cultivated Meat Laboratory

06 Oct 2022  |  forbes.com.br
Paris-based food technology company Gourmey, a pioneer in cultivated foie gras, has closed a Series A funding round of $47.7 million, the largest of its kind for a cultivated meat company. The investment, led by Earlybird Venture Capital, will fund a new 3,530 square meter commercial production facility and R&D center in Paris. Gourmey plans to refine and market its lab-grown foie gras in the coming years, expanding its product portfolio in collaboration with chefs and global food distributors. Meanwhile, Vow, a Sydney-based cell-cultivated meat company, has opened the largest cultivated meat center in the Southern Hemisphere, capable of producing 30 tons of meat annually.

Gourmey Raises $47.7 Million Series A, On A Mission For Europe’s Largest Cultivated Meat Lab

05 Oct 2022  |  Forbes
Paris-based food tech company Gourmey, known for its cultivated foie gras, secured a $47.7 million Series A round, the largest for a cultivated meat company. The investment, led by Earlybird Venture Capital and joined by several other firms, will fund a new commercial production facility and R&D center in Paris. Gourmey aims to bring its lab-grown foie gras to market and expand its product portfolio in collaboration with chefs and global food distributors.

Swedish Startup Klimato Wins Cash Prize To Tackle Food Catering Emissions

30 Sep 2022  |  Forbes
Klimato, a Stockholm-based climate startup, won a cash prize of $18,500 at Oslo Innovation Week for their carbon label menus calculations aimed at reducing food waste and emissions in the food industry. Their digital platform enables restaurants and other food service providers to calculate and communicate the climate emissions of their dishes, helping consumers make informed choices. With clients like Sodexo and hotel chains Marriott and Scandic, Klimato has helped reduce emissions by an average of 15% and is looking to expand into Europe.

Switzerland To Vote On End Of Intensive Livestock Farming

24 Sep 2022  |  Forbes
Switzerland is set to hold a referendum on September 25 to decide on the abolition of intensive livestock farming, following a citizens' initiative supported by NGOs including Greenpeace and the Franz Weber Foundation. The initiative, which garnered over 106,000 signatures, proposes a constitutional amendment to ensure animal welfare in farming practices. The Federal Council and parliament oppose the measure, citing potential economic impacts on farms and issues with imports. Similar initiatives in Europe, such as meat bans at public events in Helsinki and restrictions on meat advertising in Haarlem, reflect a growing trend towards reevaluating meat consumption for animal rights and environmental reasons.

Extra flavour and fraud prevention on the menu for Europe’s beer and wine industries

22 Sep 2022  |  Modern Diplomacy
Horizon-backed scientists are enhancing Europe's beer and wine industries by researching new yeast strains to improve flavors and secure supply chains. The Aromagenesis project, led by the University of Dublin, has developed a variety of new yeast strains, which are now available to companies like Erdinger Weissbräu and Lallemand. Concurrently, the TRACEWINDU project is using blockchain technology to combat wine fraud by ensuring traceability and transparency. This project also aligns with the European Green Deal by aiming to reduce pesticide use and promote sustainability. The research and innovations are expected to bolster Europe's competitive edge in the global drinks market.

Extra flavour and fraud prevention on the menu for Europe's beer and wine industries

21 Sep 2022  |  projects.research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu
Horizon-backed scientists in Europe are researching ways to enhance the competitiveness of the continent's beer and wine industries. The Aromagenesis project, led by the University of Dublin, has developed a bank of natural yeast strains to improve the aroma and flavor of lager beers and wine. The project, which avoids GMO yeasts, could lead to the commercialisation of more flavourful wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo in 2023. Additionally, the TRACEWINDU project aims to combat wine fraud by using blockchain technology to track a wine bottle's life cycle and ensure its authenticity. This project also supports the European Green Deal by promoting sustainable practices in wine production.

Seaweed Protein Market Grows Again

01 Sep 2022  |  forbes.com.br
Seaweed represents an underutilized resource with potential applications in food, feed, and pharmaceuticals. Despite its benefits, seaweed consumption and production in Europe remain slow. The EU, through initiatives like the 'EIT Future of Food' conference, aims to boost this sector by fostering cooperation among producers, sellers, and technology developers. Interest in seaweed peaked in 2017 with the popularity of spirulina but has since waned in favor of legume and nut-based proteins. However, seaweed is making a comeback in restaurant menus and cereal-based products. The seaweed protein market is projected to reach $1.51 billion by 2030, growing at an annual rate of 11.6%. European companies in the seaweed value chain employ around 8,600 people, with significant production in the UK, Norway, and France. Seaweed farming offers scalable solutions to the climate crisis by providing ecosystem services and acting as a carbon sink. As agricultural land remains limited, marine crop cultivation and seaweed aquaculture are becoming the fastest-growing components of global food production.

The Seaweed Protein Market Is Raising Again

27 Aug 2022  |  Forbes
Algae, particularly seaweed, is an underutilized resource with potential applications in food, feed, and pharmaceuticals. Despite its benefits, algae production and consumption in Europe remain slow. The EU, through initiatives discussed at the EIT Future of Food Conference, aims to boost this sector. Interest in algae peaked in 2017 but has since shifted towards other alternative proteins. However, seaweed is re-emerging in food products to enhance protein content. The seaweed protein market is projected to grow significantly, with Europe showing a strong presence in algae farming. Seaweed farming offers scalable solutions to the climate crisis by providing ecosystem services and acting as a carbon sink.

COP27 Will Have Its First Food Pavilion To Address Food System Change

17 Aug 2022  |  Forbes
A coalition led by ProVeg International will set up the first 'Food4Climate' pavilion at COP27 in Egypt, emphasizing the need for food system changes to address the climate crisis. The pavilion aims to engage UN member states in transitioning to plant-based food systems. The IPCC's recent report highlights the significant environmental impact of the current food system and calls for sustainable practices to meet global climate targets.

Copenhagen To Test Take Away Food Packaging Refund System

12 Aug 2022  |  Forbes
Copenhagen is set to trial a new system for returning takeaway food packaging, aiming to reduce waste from single-use items like pizza containers, sushi trays, and coffee cups. The initiative, led by Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, will be tested in the Kodbyen area and follows previous measures to eliminate single-use plastics at events. The project involves kleen hub, which has already tested a reusable cup return system in the city. The initiative is part of broader efforts to enhance sustainability and waste management in Copenhagen.

Italy Between Water Thefts And Water Management

31 Jul 2022  |  Forbes
Despite recent rains, Northern Italy continues to face a severe drought, exacerbating water management issues and threatening local agriculture. Calls for water rationing contrast with the country's poor water efficiency, with significant water loss reported by ISTAT. Incidents of water theft by farmers highlight the desperation in the region, particularly in Piemonte. Emphasis is placed on improving water collection and retention to align with European Green Deal goals.

The plating from a tasting of MeaTech's hybrid chicken nuggets made with cultured fat

11 Jul 2022  |  Forbes
Israeli company MeaTech 3D is innovating in the cultured meat industry with their hybrid chicken nuggets, which combine plant-based protein with cultured chicken fat biomass. The company's goal is to enhance the taste and juiciness of plant-based meat alternatives. MeaTech 3D acquired the Belgian company Peace of Meat to further this aim and is now establishing a pilot plant in Antwerp to scale up production. They have also partnered with Dutch mycoprotein startup ENOUGH to integrate their chicken biomass into products. MeaTech 3D plans to build sustainable factories powered by renewable energy and aims to have a significant production capacity by 2025. The company has conducted several food tasting events to refine their product and is working towards regulatory approval.

‘Even the pizza is in quarantine’: Life in pizza-less Naples

24 Apr 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article explores the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Naples, particularly focusing on the cultural and emotional significance of pizza in the city. It highlights how the lockdown has led to the unprecedented closure of pizzerias, causing an existential crisis for both pizzaiolos and citizens. Through personal anecdotes and historical context, the narrative underscores the deep-rooted connection between Neapolitans and their beloved pizza, which has now moved from pizzerias to home kitchens as a form of solace and continuity.

Italian cooperatives fight organised crime with organic food boxes

05 Mar 2019  |  euronews
The Nuova Cooperativa Organizzata (NCO), a consortium of social cooperatives in Campania, Italy, is combating the influence of the regional criminal organisation Camorra by managing lands confiscated from them. They produce organic food which is sold in boxes as part of the 'Box to Camorra' project. The initiative, which includes pasta, wine, jam, and pasta sauce, has been extended to Brussels through the efforts of Franco Ianniello and his NGO Cultura Contro Camorra (CCC). Over 500 boxes have been distributed in Brussels, with plans to expand the project to France. The project aims to promote civil growth and economic activity in areas previously under criminal control, and it is seen as a social and political activity rather than a commercial one.

Cosa è successo alla COP24, la conferenza sul clima più importante dell'anno

18 Dec 2018  |  www.vice.com
La 24esima edizione del summit internazionale sull'ambiente, COP24, si è tenuta a Katowice, Polonia, con l'obiettivo di finalizzare le linee guida dell'Accordo di Parigi del 2015. Il tema centrale è stato la decarbonizzazione, con particolare attenzione alla mobilitazione di strumenti finanziari internazionali per combattere il cambiamento climatico. La Banca Mondiale ha annunciato l'intenzione di raddoppiare i finanziamenti per il clima a 200 miliardi di dollari. Tuttavia, le discussioni sono state complicate dall'opposizione di paesi produttori di combustibili fossili come USA, Russia e Arabia Saudita. Il Brasile ha mostrato resistenza a causa del cambio di governo e delle politiche ambientali in atto. La conferenza ha anche affrontato il tema della giustizia climatica, con particolare enfasi sui paesi in via di sviluppo e le piccole isole. Nonostante le sfide, la COP24 si è conclusa con la firma di un nuovo accordo, sebbene alcune questioni importanti siano state rimandate alla COP25 in Cile.

Piquette of the future: we tasted the first vintage of Bordeaux 2050

13 Dec 2018  |  www.vice.com
The first vintage of Bordeaux 2050, a wine created using grapes from Tunisia to anticipate the rise in temperatures in Gironde, was tasted. The tasting took place at COP24, with the wine served in paper glasses to avoid plastic use.


This AI-driven Norwegian startup has big plans for the meat industry

30 Nov 1  |  forbesuruguay.com
Norwegian startup Völur, founded in 2019 and led by CEO Robert Ekrem, is pioneering a transformative approach to the conservative meat industry using AI-based data and technology. The company's AI technology aims to optimize decision-making in meat cutting and grading, potentially reducing the industry's carbon footprint, which accounts for 14.5% of global CO2 emissions. Völur's tools are designed to maximize animal utilization and efficiency, addressing the industry's low margins and negative margins by ensuring production meets demand. The startup has attracted clients like JBS and Cooperl and is focusing on beef and pork due to their complexity and volume. While European investors were hesitant, U.S. investors recognized the potential impact of Völur's technology on the industry. The adoption of Völur's AI could lead to reduced animal numbers, lower energy consumption, and potentially pave the way for stricter animal welfare standards.

This Norwegian AI-driven startup has big plans for the meat industry

30 Nov 1  |  www.forbesargentina.com
Norwegian startup Völur, based in Oslo, is pioneering a transformative approach to the conservative meat industry using AI-based data and technology to improve decision-making, optimize cutting and grading, and provide environmental gains. The startup, founded in 2019 by CEO Robert Ekrem, aims to maximize animal utilization and reduce the 24% of animal meat lost during processing phases. Völur's AI technology analyzes supply and demand forecasts, animal characteristics, and other factors to optimize daily production. Clients include JBS from Brazil and Cooperl from France. The technology could reduce the number of animals needed, potentially impacting the industry's carbon footprint significantly.

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