TP Organics’ Science Day 2020: Horizon Europe – Innovation opportunities for organic companies

On 14 February, TP Organics’ Science Day on innovation opportunities for organic companies in Horizon Europe, to address the urgent challenge of packaging waste, in particular plastic waste, in the food sector at BIOFACH 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit for Food Systems & Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, introduced Horizon Europe, the EU’s new research & innovation programme. Support for organics and agroecology is seen as an important element to future-proof agricultural production and food systems.

Raffaele Zanoli, expert of TP Organics’ Advisory Board and professor at Universitá Politecnicá delle Marche, presented TP Organics’ new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda for Organics & Agroecology and stressed the importance of meeting the consumer demand for minimal processing, and of supporting innovations for reducing food and packaging waste.

Patrick Gerritsen from Bio4Pack and Lucy Cowton from FUTAMURA presented their solutions for sustainable packaging. Karin Müller from the organic biscuit company SOMMER gave insights into their experience with bioplastic.

The panel debate discussed how Horizon Europe can help solve the innovation challenges of organic companies. Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer from the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, joined the other speakers to present the new European Partnership on Safe and Sustainable Food Systems for people, planet & climate.

All speakers’ presentations and the full event review are available on TP Organics’ website.

Panel discussion at TP Organics’ Science Day 2020
Panel discussion at TP Organics’ Science Day 2020

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