Our food has both direct and indirect impacts on the environment when it is produced and transported. The environment is affected by retail operations and by waste generated in the consumer chain. A great deal is happening in the environmental area in the food industry. Production, packaging and transportation all have significant environmental impacts.

Future farming without sunlight

The EU-wide phase-out of incandescent light bulbs has created new business opportunities, and the lighting industry is going through rapid change. Progressive companies are embracing the new technologies developed in lighting, which both reduce energy consumption and allow for new attractive lighting installations. Light emitting diodes (LED) are especially well suited to create the spectral distribution and light dynamics...

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Synthetic foods

Industrial livestock production is associated with considerable greenhouse gas emissions, and with other environmental issues such as nutrient pollution. Efficiency measures often collide with the interest of animal welfare. Meanwhile, there is a need to increase global food production, and the demand for meat is rising. A possible solution to the dilemma is offered by synthetic biology. Alternative sources...

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Sustainable shrimp farming

Swedish company Vegafish has started cultivating jumbo shrimp together with food giant Findus. The shrimp are grown indoors in a closed aquaculture environment using waste heat and waste products. It is a well-tuned and environmentally efficient system that is growing globally in popularity. A flock of microorganisms process the system so well that water does not need circulation. The...

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Renewable drink packaging reaches consumers

“We have created the world’s first fully renewable packaging for dairy products and other beverages,” says Erik Lindroth, Environmental Director at Tetra Pak Nordics. “Finnish dairy producer Valio became the first company to use Tetra Rex® Bio-based packaging. This world premiere is one of many milestones in Tetra Pak’s long-term efforts to strengthen its product portfolio’s environmental performance and...

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Climate compensating consumer goods

“Our brand Garant Såklart [loosely translated: Guarantee Of course] is a new way of addressing climate concerns to minimize environmental impact,” says Åsa Domeij, responsible for environmental and social responsibility at Axfood. “The range includes body care and cleaning products like detergents.” “Currently, the range includes 20 products sold through Axfood channels. Free of perfumes and allergens, the range...

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Lighter food packaging

In an increasingly competitive environment, food manufacturers are trying to trim their packaging costs without compromising quality. This is not a simple equation to solve. Food packaging performs many different functions such as protecting the contents and providing a surface for images and text. One feature that has become increasingly important is to minimize the environmental impact of the...

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Bio-based food packaging

Nowadays, most of the food we buy is packaged. The packaging makes it easier to handle, transport and protect food against impact and pressure, light, moisture, oxygen, microorganisms and impurities. The packaging also helps to preserve the nutritional value, taste and smell. Usually, plastic or paper packaging materials are used as well as glass and metal. From a consumer...

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Sanitation for the millions

Access to clean water is a prerequisite for a dignified and healthy life. Every year, millions of people suffer from diseases as a result of poor sanitation and lack of clean water. And every day, 1,400 children die worldwide from diarrheal diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Clean water is so significant that the UN General Assembly has recognized...

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Bioplastic bag for food waste

A trash bag that consists of lime, vegetable starch and biodegradable polyester has recently been developed. It took Åke Rosén, founder of EcoLean, three years to perfect the new environmentally friendly bag. The bag is now commercially available in Sweden and is sold by Gaia Holding AB that specializes in household, commercial kitchen and restaurant waste. “Gaia means Mother...

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Ethical coffee chain expands

“Barista was started in September 2006 with the intention of being a new kind of coffee shop –nerdy coffees and organic products, knowledgeable and lively staff, and a transparent value chain with Fair Trade and a cooperation with the UN”, says Björn Almér, one of the founders of Barista.  “Together with Nina Forsberg and Maria Andersson, we created a...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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