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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
How do businesses manage food waste?
Originally published on foodunfolded.com in October 2021. Food can end up as waste before it reaches us for several reasons, whether it’s safety concerns, supply chain inefficiencies, or lack of consumer demand. We take a look at how businesses manage food that is no longer available for human consumption. When thinking of food waste, we […]Read more
Tips to Reduce Household Food Waste
Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in October 2021 A third of the food grown on this planet ends up being lost or thrown away. A big chunk of this comes from our own homes – but the good news is that all of us can take small steps to stop the problem from getting any bigger. […]Read more
First Expired, First Out | Fight Food Waste Like a Pro
Published on FoodUnfolded.com in October 2021. Have you ever stood in front of a well-stocked kitchen cupboard wondering what you should cook for dinner? Incorporating a nifty stock rotation technique adapted from professional kitchens into your meal planning could help you cut down on food waste while ensuring food safety. First Expired, First Out (FEFO) […]Read more
BEaTS Research Radio’s Podcast: Interview with Madhura Rao
In August 2021, I was invited to by University of Ottawa’s BEaTS research radio to speak on the concept of food waste valorization and share suggestions on how our food systems can be made more sustainable by businesses and the government. Available on various podcast platforms.Read more
Valorized Food Processing By-Products in the EU
Published open access in Sustainability’s special issue ‘Safety and Quality of Sustainable Food‘ in April 2021. View full text here. Title Valorized Food Processing By-Products in the EU: Finding the Balance between Safety, Nutrition, and Sustainability Abstract Food businesses in the European Union are preparing for a carbon-neutral future by gradually transitioning to a circular […]Read more
What Happens to Food that is Wasted?
Workshop In September 2020, I was invited to conduct a workshop on food waste valorisation for students at Maastricht University’s University College Venlo. The interactive workshop addressed how the food industry deals with its by-streams, current EU policy on the subject, and changes expected in the near future.Read more
Can Pigs Help Reduce Food Waste?
Originally published on Foodunfolded.com in September 2020. Pigs are nature’s ultimate recycling heroes. What is considered inedible by most other animals is often a scrumptious meal for pigs. After following some safety precautions, this superpower of theirs can be used to reduce the amount of food that ends up as waste. Around 30% of all […]Read more