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RESFOOD «Resource Efficient and Safe Food Production and Processing» is a European project funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) leading to maximised resource productivity and recycling and re-use of valuable materials by research and demonstration of the proposed green solutions. It was launched on 1st November 2012 and will run until the end of October 2015.

The project will have a great impact on the resource efficiency in food production and processing, by big saving and recovery of water, nutrients, energy and recovery of valuable materials from raw agricultural materials. Far going closure of the water cycle – with the help of innovative new technologies for water treatment, decontamination and detection – will lead to big changes in the processes in horticulture and the food processing. The technologies developed by the project will offer new opportunities and more competitiveness for the industry.

RESFOOD aims to develop and transfer innovative technologies for resource efficient and safe food production and processing structured in validated Integrated Green Concepts, tested at pilot/demo scale realizing:

  • Minimization of input and maximization of productivity of resources;
  • Minimization of water emissions and biomass wastes;
  • Re-use/recycle of the resources: water, nutrients (fertilizer), energy;
  • Recovery valuable, bio-based compounds from biomass wastes;
  • Affordable, safe and effective disinfection of pathogens of human concern;
  • Detection and monitoring of pathogenic contamination to secure food safety in the three main parts of the food chain (Horticulture, Food Processing and Biomass wastes).


The project addresses the three main parts of the food chain:

  • Horticulture: soil based cultivation and soilless cultivation;
  • Food Processing: fresh cut fruits/vegetables and canning;
  • Biomass wastes from horticulture, food processing and retail

 

Advanced rapid detection methods and tools are supporting the developments in these parts.
In the RESFOOD resource efficiency concept, the focus is a cascade approach: Look first for the most efficient solutions with the lowest effort followed by more complex solutions.

 

RESFOOD Concept

 

PROJECT DETAILS:

 

Call: FP7 ENV.2012.6.3-1
Duration: Nov 2012- Oct 2015
Partners: 18
Total budget: 5,990,968 Euro
EC funding: 4,335,900 Euro