Trends and Innovation

What is Ghee?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in June 2022 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 out milk solids, ghee […]

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Trends and Innovation

Ancient Farming Systems | Ask the Expert

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in June 2022 Did ancient civilisations farm differently from us? Did they struggle with similar issues as we do today? I interviewed Dr Shyama Vermeersch, a zooarchaeological scientist working to piece together farming systems of the past to help us better understand and strengthen the food systems of today. WHAT EXACTLY […]

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Human rights

How COVID-19 Impacted Surplus Food Redistribution

Published Open Access in Food Security May 2022. View full text here. Title How COVID-19 impacted surplus food redistribution in the Netherlands: An explorative study Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to food security globally. The Netherlands, despite its advanced stage of development, saw a surge in food insecurity among its most vulnerable citizens. […]

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Human rights

Food Deserts | Why do they exist?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in May 2022 Income inequality is on the rise in many parts of the world today. Even in countries that are considered wealthy, not everyone has equal access to food. Here are some factors that make it even more difficult for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities to access healthy food. WHAT IS A […]

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Safety & Quality

World Mycotoxin Forum

In May 2022, I was invited to speak at the 13th annual conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum in Parma. My keynote lecture focused on food safety challenges in a circular economy. Specifically, I addressed the issue of mycotoxin contamination in food processing by-products and why we need to rethink our approach to food safety […]

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Sustainability

Circular@WUR

In April 2022, I presented my work at the Circular@WUR conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The conference brought together pioneers in the field of circular bio-based society from different backgrounds and facilitated an exchange of ideas. I presented the results from a recently published paper of mine on utilising unwanted fishing catch in Dutch food bank parcels. […]

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Sustainability

INTERREG Project SUN

INTERREG SUN is a Dutch-German inter-regional project focussed on the sustainable valorisation of fruit and vegetable side-streams. The project brings together 16 partners with a broad range of industrial and academic expertise from both sides of the border. The aim is to create legal and technological pathways to sustainably valorise side-streams that would have otherwise […]

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Sustainability

FEM Women Researchers’ Festival 2022

In March 2022, I presented my work at FEM Maastricht’s Women Researchers’ Festival. The Festival aimed to celebrate International Women’s’ Day by promoting the innovative spirit of women researchers and to fostering possible collaborations amongst them. I presented the results from a recently published paper of mine on utilising unwanted fishing catch in Dutch food […]

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Human rights

Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in March 2022 Many workers employed onboard offshore fishing vessels have been subjected to unsafe working conditions, unfair wages, subpar living conditions and both physical and psychological abuse. While this issue exists around the world, it is particularly rampant in Southeast Asia, a region that owes much of its recent prosperity […]

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Sustainability, Trends and Innovation

Circular Food Systems – Solutions to Reverse Climate Change

In December 2021, I was invited to present my work on food waste valorisation at the Asia-Europe Environment Forum’s annual conference “Circular Food Systems – Solutions to Reverse Climate Change”. The conference was designed to promote exchanges on regional and international levels and to highlight the range of multi-stakeholder initiatives or partnerships promoting the adoption […]

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