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Food Production in a Circular Economy research group

The Food Production in a Circular Economy research group wants to facilitate businesses in the agri-food sector in producing with minimum impact on the environment while making the most efficient use of natural resources. This is mainly done by closing loops and making production processes more sustainable.

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About the research group

Goal

The Food Production in a Circular Economy research group wants to facilitate businesses in the agri-food sector in producing with minimum impact on the environment while making the most efficient use of natural resources. The aim is not so much to develop innovations in-house, but rather to focus on tools to measure the sustainability process.   

Research programme

The research group aims to develop solutions that contribute to the circularity of food production and food processing. The aim is not so much to develop innovations in-house, but rather to focus on tools to measure the sustainability process.  

Together with the businesses, the research group is putting together an inventory of feasible options to increase the circularity of agriculture. The research group will lead to a reassessment and expansion of the Sustainable Production Agri & Food research group. 

Grant scheme 

The research group is partly financed from the grant scheme for Circular Agriculture Professors of the National Taskforce for Applied Research SIA and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV). The scheme encourages stronger connections between universities of applied sciences and other knowledge institutions in the field of circular agriculture. The aim is to strengthen research and innovation in the field of circular agriculture and increase the availability of well-trained (technical) talent. 

Lines of research

The main lines of research of the research group programme are:  

  • adding value to circularity 
  • closing loops
  • making production processes more sustainable 
  • combating food waste in the chain 
Experimental areas 

The research group focuses mainly on current sustainability issues that are tackled in experimental areas in the southern Netherlands, and collaborates with other knowledge institutions, businesses and governments. Experimental areas are physical locations where different partners meet, tackle issues and perform trials. Examples include Agro Proeftuin de Peel, Foodtech Brainport and the Delta Agrifood Business centre. 

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Partners

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals