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Closing event “Entomatisation” Tuesday 9 October 2018

Closing event “Entomatisation” Tuesday 9 October 2018

Partners of the BioBoost project Inagro and Vives hold a closing event on Tuesday 9 October 2018 in Rumbeke-Beitem (BE) called “Entamatiosation”.

The consumption of edible insects is widely regarded as one of the measures to ensure the sustainability of food production. In addition, the feed industry sees potential in insects as alternative protein source to supplement or replacement of soy.

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T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

BioBoost contributes to research possibilities

The textile industry is after the oil industry the most polluting in the world. At the same time, there are large amounts of vegetable waste from horticultural areas, such as the stems of tomato plants. Is it possible to use these tomatoes stems as raw material to create and design a Tomato-T-Shirt?  

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Flashback: BioBoost seminar: Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income

Flashback: BioBoost seminar: Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income

On Thursday 21 June the BioBoost seminar Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income took place at partner in the project Inagro. The partners of the BioBoost project explained their research and some entrepreneurs shared their success stories with more than 70 people who are interested in the bio-based economy with residual flows.

The seminar was about circular economy and the valorisation of waste streams. This was shown first with a residual flow lunch, where attendees could enjoy cuisine based on disapproved vegetables. These vegetables are often different from the shapes you find in the supermarket, but are equally nutritious and delicious.

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Inagro visits the Horticontactdays in Gorinchem

Inagro visits the Horticontactdays in Gorinchem

On 20 February a small group of greenhouse horticulturalists and researchers visit the largest greenhouse horticultural fair in the Netherlands: Horticontact. The latest new techniques and materials in use in the sector were displayed. The most curious we were from Inagro was for the pre - and post harvesting techniques to use the residual waste streams valuable.

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International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed meeting in Madrid (28-29 May 2018)

International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed meeting in Madrid (28-29 May 2018)

On the 28 and 29th of May the members of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) met in Madrid. On the first day a new executive committee was elected with Antoine Hubert (Ynsect, France) as President. As it was the first face-to-face meeting since Inagro became a member, this event was an excellent opportunity to meet the founders behind the larger insect companies in Europe and the new start-ups in this sector. We discussed, amongst other things, the possibilities of waste streams, the problems with legislation and the key focus points of IPIFF the next year.

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Inagro visits the International Conference for Bio-based materials in Cologne

Inagro visits the International Conference for Bio-based materials in Cologne

On 15 and 16 May more than 30 speakers came to create an extensive image of the State of affairs in the field of bio-based materials. Due to the great interest in the circular and bio-based economy in recent years, this is a field that is rapidly evolving. The importance of bio-based materials works for agriculture in 2 directions: agriculture is necessary for advancement of bio-based materials, but conversely, it can also be of great importance for agriculture itself.

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Renewed breeding nets Black Soldier Fly

Renewed breeding nets Black Soldier Fly

A year ago Inagro gave itselves the assignment upscale the cultivation of black soldier flies to a semi-industrial level. The cultivation of the larvae proceeds controlled and standardized in the meantime. But in the reproduction of flies and the production of eggs the shoe pinches. The egg production was too unpredictable, and - to Inagro’s requirements - also too low. The time had come to assess the method critically. The concept of the breeding cages is refreshed and the first flights are very promising.

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Launch of report “closing the gap” at the Houses of Parliament

Launch of report “closing the gap” at the Houses of Parliament

On 23 May, 2018, Epping Forest MP The Rt Hon Eleanor Laing hosted a highly successful event at the Houses of Parliament for the launch of a report by the Lea Valley Food Board and key UK partners.

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Newsletter BioBoost June 2018

Newsletter BioBoost June 2018

In the June newsletter you will find a.o. an invitation for the seminar "Circular Business" on Thursday 21 June, more about research on more value out of tomato crop residues and the plans of The European Commision to ban single-use  plastic products.

You can also read about the project of the Belgian company Milibeter, they grow salmon with fly larvae. We also look back on a number of interesting meetings over the last few months.

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Research on more value out of tomato crop residues

Research on more value out of tomato crop residues

On 4 December 2017 project partners, ILVO and INAGRO visited Renewi to explore together possibilities to gain more value out of tomato crop residues. One of the problems today is the contamination with ropes and clips that complicates further processing. Important steps forward were made in the search for bio-degradable, in this case, compostable ropes and clips. Composting is successful.

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Insect symposium: “Edible Insects: The Value Chain

Insect symposium: “Edible Insects: The Value Chain

The symposium “Edible Insects: The Value Chain” was held on 21 and 22 March 2018 in Ede, The Netherlands and organized by Wageningen University in collaboration with NGN and Venik. The symposium was dedicated to 10 years of insects research in the Netherlands. During the symposium, several themes were discussed such as: insect breeding, processing of insects, but also the use of insects in Food and Feed. The opinion of the consumer was very important for this symposium, both in European territory and beyond.

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EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

The European Commission wants to get rid of disposable plastics, according to a plan that will be presented on 23 May. 

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A growing number of organizations is active in the Biobased Economy

A growing number of organizations is active in the Biobased Economy

This is shown by the annual monitoring of the National Entrepreneurial Netherlands (RVO.nl). Both industry and the Government invest greatly on renewable raw materials.

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AB InBev makes beer draff suitable for human nutrition

AB InBev makes beer draff suitable for human nutrition

AB InBev has developed a nutrient-rich breakfast drink based on dry grain residues from brewing beer. So far, that draff mainly used by farmers as feed for their cattle. The breakfast drink is already on sale in the US and might also be launched in Europe. 

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Report: "Monitoring food residual streams and food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture" available

Report: "Monitoring food residual streams and food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture" available

ILVO has teamed up with the Flemish Government  and wrote a report about "Monitoring food residual streams and  food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture".

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New EU guidelines of importance for horticultural residuals

New EU guidelines of importance for horticultural residuals

The European Commission has drawn up an action plan in 2015 to stimulate the development of the future circular economy, partly by recovering foodstuffs that are no longer intended for human consumption for various reasons, as raw materials for animal feed.

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