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Profile: Kieran Jordan "Defeating food bug with killer viruses"
Profile: Kieran Jordan "Defeating food bug with killer viruses"
Kieran Jordan is a keen amateur historian living in Cork, a county in the south of Ireland.  But his meat and drink is food safety.  Having moved into the area of food science in the 1980s, he has worked through a menu of baddies, studying listeria, E.
Fibers as immune system boosters
Fibers as immune system boosters
Staying healthy requires constantly stimulating the immune system. Ingesting non-digestible fibres such as polysaccharides is thought to help. Yet companies including such ingredients in their food products cannot claim that they boost the immune system.
The joker card in the renewable energy game
The joker card in the renewable energy game
Woodchips are one of the renewable sources of energy used in domestic and district-level heating systems. They can come from wood waste from construction, agriculture, landscaping, logging and sawmills.
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play
“The key factors we are interested in are food choice and physical activity ,” Wolfgang Ahrens, an epidemiologist from the University of Bremen , Germany tells youris.com.
The battle of the bulge
The battle of the bulge
We know nutrients interact with gut cells , which dispatch chemical messengers – hormones– to the brain to signal “stomach full.” This messaging from our food to gut to brain is now being decoded to fight obesity.
Take your medicine – or is it just food?
Take your medicine – or is it just food?
EU legislation distinguishes between plant food supplements and traditional herbal medicinal products , but this categorisation can vary between countries. This can lead to consumer confusion and regulatory inconsistency across Europe.
Gluten doppelgänger in the baking
Gluten doppelgänger in the baking
All their life, people with coeliac disease relinquish eating food containing wheat, rye or barley. These cereals contain a protein called gluten that is not well tolerated by their body.
Working in the bioeconomy: make a job out of your environmental engagement
Working in the bioeconomy: make a job out of your environmental engagement
When Hans was a kid, he used to spend his afternoons in his grandmother’s shop, watching the fish swimming in the big tanks where she kept them, waiting for the clients to choose the best ones for dinner.
Wearing wood for a low-carbon life
Wearing wood for a low-carbon life
“Wood may be present in people’s life more than we think”, says Mariana Hassegawa, a researcher at the European Forest Institute . She is one of the authors of a case study on new wood-based products by the BioMonitor EU project.
Bioeconomy and carbon neutrality: “Without further investments we will miss the target”
Bioeconomy and carbon neutrality: “Without further investments we will miss the target”
"To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 we need more investments than those envisaged by the Green Deal , otherwise we will never make it.
How the pandemic highlighted bioplastic benefits
How the pandemic highlighted bioplastic benefits
Even though people increasingly recognise the plastic pollution threat, we have used more plastic since the covid-19 pandemic began .
Measuring the bioeconomy: why closing data gaps is key to a greener Europe
Measuring the bioeconomy: why closing data gaps is key to a greener Europe
As we slowly emerge from the worst of a crisis that has destroyed lives and livelihoods around Europe and the globe, the move towards a bio-based economy and away from a fossil-fuel centered one has gained a new urgency.
Myriam Martín, Coordinator of dRural
Filling the gender gap in agriculture: viable opportunities for women
Despite women playing a key role in the life of rural communities, studies show they leave their villages in greater numbers than men do. This leads to demographic imbalances and inhibits local economic and social development.
Agriculture goes green – New bio-fertilisers to make farming more sustainable
Agriculture goes green – New bio-fertilisers to make farming more sustainable
Over the last two centuries, the  world population has increased  from one billion to 7.7 billion today. As the population keeps rising, so does food demand.
Why the EU’s post-COVID recovery should go bio
Why the EU’s post-COVID recovery should go bio
From businesses developing technological solutions to face the COVID-19 outbreak to companies producing biodegradable plastic products for hospitals and retail chains: many bio-based activities have proved to be crucial during the novel coronavirus pandemic and are coping better with the economic effects of lockdowns than others.
Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems?
Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems?
With the UK currently set to crash out of the European Union on 31 October, Britons are particularly worried about their food supplies .
Logistics: the Achilles' heel of the short food supply chain
Logistics: the Achilles' heel of the short food supply chain
Crowdsourcing the ‘last mile’ may be a solution to cut the distribution costs in short food supply chain (SFSC).
Sustainable nappies for eco-friendly generations
Sustainable nappies for eco-friendly generations
Humans contributes to the planet’s pollution from the very early stage of their lives. EU statistics report that some seven million babies in Europe use up to 36 million disposable nappies in only one day .
Surfing on bio-based boards
Surfing on bio-based boards
Surfing has a dirty secret: surfboard production techniques are often at odds with the sport’s eco-conscious image. Most modern surfboards are a sandwich-like construction: a polyurethane foam core – known as a blank – coated in a fibre-reinforced composite.
Could the roads of the future be bio-based?
Could the roads of the future be bio-based?
Every year the EU produces around 15 million tonnes of bitumen . Most of this is mixed with aggregates such as crushed rock, sand and gravel to create asphalt – the sticky bitumen binds it all together – to build roads.
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