Studies, Texts and Interviews

Towards sustainable food consumption

For Europe to achieve its health and sustainability goals, the way we produce and consume food has to change. Our current food system has a major impact on the environment, and poor quality diets are also linked to risk of disease, obesity and overweight — which affects around 60% of adults and 30% of children in European countries. Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, is a contributing member of the SAPEA working group and supported writing this report.

Opening Up a New World of Delights

A sustainable, safe, healthy and yet enjoyable diet - is that possible? Andrea Büttner, professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and food chemist, thinks so. At the invitation of the Volkshochschule Delmenhorst, among others, she explained how...

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»Study Autonomous Agricultural Machinery«:

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»Feasibility Study of the BMEL on State Digital Data Platforms for Agriculture«:

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Study »Edible Innovations«

Food in the area of tension between technological progress and technology rejection among consumers.

How does progress influence our food culture, the perception of preparation or the enjoyment of a sophisticatedly prepared meal? It is easy for us to forget about consumers when we get excited about new innovations in the food industry. Many consumers are often skeptical or even dismissive of innovative technologies in the food industry.

Why is Food Chain Management Necessary?

An interview with Dr. Volker Lange, Fraunhofer IML

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Dr. Volker Lange from Fraunhofer IML explains the need for food chain management.

Fraunhofer Fireside Chat Food Chain Management

Documentation of the Fraunhofer fireside chat "Food Chain Management" on January 22/23, 2008 in Berlin

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In 2007, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics prepared the study "Positioning of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Food Chain Management". As part of this study, a workshop was held in Berlin on January 22 and 23, 2008, at which representatives of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft discussed with high-ranking experts from industry, ministries and authorities. The aim of the event was to answer the question: "How can we positively influence food chain management in Germany?
To this end, the opinions of the participants were to be actively incorporated into the work of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, so that ultimately, together with industry, the authorities, the associations and the FhG to shape the FCM in Germany.

Food Chain Management - Berlin Fireside Chats on Microsystems Technology

Food Chain Management - Framework Program Microsystems "Berlin fireside chats on microsystems technology". Project Management Agency VDIVDE-IT on behalf of the BMBF


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (VDI/VDE-IT) and selected partners are producing individual components or episodes of a painting of the future on the subject of microsystems technology (MST). In the process as innovation guides or - if you'll pardon the expression - innovation truffle pigs for MST. innovation truffle pigs for technology lines with an affinity for MST and visionary applications...