Sustainability

RETASTE 2022

In October 2022, I had the opportunity to participate in the REASTE conference organised in Heraklion, Greece. With its broad focus on food waste, the conference brought together food waste scholars from various disciplines to share their research. My presentation ‘It takes a village to valorise waste: Insights into the experiences of professionals engaged in […]

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Education

Modelling Nature

From September to October 2022, I tutored for the course ‘Modelling Nature‘, a core course at Maastricht University’s University College Venlo. The course introduces students to modelling and theory development concepts such as thought experiments, grounded theory research, mathematical models, network analysis, and game theory. By introducing models used both, in academia and everyday thinking, […]

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Trends and Innovation

Upcycling Community Event

Food Valley, a prominent agri-food accelerator in Netherlands, started an Upcycling Community in 2022 with the aim of bringing together international food industry leaders interested in valorsing food processing by-products. Through this community, they seek to create a safe environment where organisations can develop their ideas together and gain inspiration from each other.  For their […]

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Human rights

Voedselonzekerheid onder kwetsbare Nederlanders nam toe door Covid

Samen geschreven met Dr. Alie de Boer. Oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd op FoodLog.nl in juni 2022. Sinds de financiële crisis van 2008-2011 is het aantal mensen dat aanklopt bij voedselbanken gestegen. De oorlog in Oekraïne maakt deze situatie niet rooskleuriger. Ons onderzoek naar de gevolgen van de COVID-19 pandemie op de herverdeling van voedseloverschotten laat zien dat […]

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Human rights

10 Organisations Fighting for Food Security

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in August 2022 Whether it is ensuring citizens’ right to safe food or advocating for those growing and processing our food, civil society organisations play an important role in moving towards a more equitable and fair way of producing and consuming food. Here are 10 international organisations that address diverse human […]

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Education

Circular Research Data Bootcamp

In July 2022, I attended a week-long course on ‘circular research data’ by Maastricht University where I learnt about how data can be made reusable in a transparent and accessible manner. Circularity in the data science world is inspired by the socio-economic transition we are undergoing; moving from a linear to a circular model that […]

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Safety & Quality

Allergens in Food

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in July 2022. What do prawns, celery, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat share in common? Well, these foods can cause serious allergic reactions, but why do some foods trigger allergies more than others, and how do food manufacturers deal with these ingredients? What are food allergies? Allergies occur when a person reacts […]

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Trends and Innovation

What Are Novel Foods and How Are They Approved?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in July 2022. All images belong to FoodUnfolded.com. Yellow mealworms were the first insect approved for human consumption in the EU. As a ‘novel food’, mealworms had to pass through different applications and processes to be sold in European markets. Insects are only one type of ‘novel food’, but how are […]

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Trends and Innovation

What is Ghee?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in June 2022. Header image credits: FoodUnfolded. As South Asian recipes gain popularity among food enthusiasts beyond the subcontinent, ‘ghee’ is turning into a pantry staple in many kitchens around the world. But what exactly is this flavourful dairy fat and how is it made? Made by simmering butter to separate […]

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