Bioeconomy aims for even safer food which has been grown, fertilised and processed in a way that minimises the adverse climate impacts and enhances the health-promoting properties of food. Functional foods produced by bioeconomy include xylitol chewing gum, yogurts containing lactic acid bacteria and plant sterol-enriched margarines. Synthetic additives have been substituted by nature’s own substances.
Material previously considered waste is also an opportunity for bioeconomy. Efficient utilisation of raw materials ensures that the healthiest components of plants end up for human consumption or animal feed instead of the landfill. Food industry side streams can be used in bioproducts in chemical industry as well as in energy production. Several products are being produced simultaneously and every effort is made to avoid discarding any of the materials.
On Thursday 14 September 2017, the Finnish Government adopted the medium-term climate change plan to 2030. The plan…
The publication “Wood-Based Bioeconomy Solving Global Challenges”, written by top experts from companies, research institutes and universities of…
The University of Eastern Finland organises a Phytochemicals and Global Change (PGC2017) Congress next spring. The event will…
A business delegation led by Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations for Finland, visited Belarus during…
The Bio Era event tour is the forest sector’s joint 100th anniversary present for Finland, particularly for the…
Finland holds the Presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. During the Presidency there are several…
The presentation materials of the Global Bioeconomy Summit held in November in Berlin are now published. The event was organized…
NordForsk launches a new two-phase call for proposals for Nordic Centres of Excellence within the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme….
31.3.2017 VTT is making noise in the bioeconomy sector with its extensive Making of Tomorrow campaign. With this…
Making of Tomorrow shows the way to the bioeconomy of the future
In the decades to come, bio-based materials will be standard components of packaging and consumer products. Monomer production…
Making of Tomorrow: Sustainability from Renewable Chemicals
In the decades to come, bio-based materials will be standard components of packaging and consumer products. Monomer production from non-food and waste streams or directly from syngas, CO2 or methane (C1 resources) is very likely to spread. We will transition to a zero-waste society that reuses materials over and over again. Atmospheric CO2 will no longer be a threat to the planet, but rather a valuable resource that is captured, stored and utilized to manufacture chemicals, energy products and materials.
In the years to come, corporate social and environmental responsibility will be taken for granted —especially when it…
Making of Tomorrow: Wellbeing from Food
In the years to come, corporate social and environmental responsibility will be taken for granted —especially when it comes to food. In order to feed a growing population, we need to be resource-efficient. Minimal processing, minimal waste, and healthy food will save on both costs and resources. New, high-value plant protein sources will promote sustainability while adding to the bottom line. Personalized solutions and services will strengthen the role of food in the manifesting of values, as well as in supporting wellness and vitality.
Organic agriculture in Helsinki region without subsidies, fertilisers, pesticides or land to cultivate! How is it even possible…
Silmusalaatti – sprouting goodness!
Organic agriculture in Helsinki region without subsidies, fertilisers, pesticides or land to cultivate! How is it even possible – the answer is found in a basement in Vantaa, Finland. Organic farmer Samuli Laurikainen is the creator of Silmusalaatti (Sprout salad) who has turned the traditional rules of agriculture on their head.
We can mitigate climate change and prevent eutrophication of waterbodies by taking better care of our soils. Soilfood…
Soilfood heads towards sustainable agriculture with recycled nutrients
We can mitigate climate change and prevent eutrophication of waterbodies by taking better care of our soils. Soilfood aims at sustainable agriculture by producing environmentally friendly recycled fertilisers and soil amendments.
Forget the shrivelled basils! How about a cloudberry or arctic bramble-smoothie with fresh ingredients grown on your kitchen…
Future food from your kitchen table
Forget the shrivelled basils! How about a cloudberry or arctic bramble-smoothie with fresh ingredients grown on your kitchen table in a gadget that resembles a design lamp? Time for superlocal food!
The food industry has long been expected to provide solutions for reducing salt. With Valio ValSa®, the new…
Valio introduces an unprecedented innovation to reduce salt
The food industry has long been expected to provide solutions for reducing salt. With Valio ValSa®, the new milk salt innovation from Valio, the salt content of foods can be significantly reduced without compromising on taste. At the same time, the minerals naturally contained in milk can be put to good use.
Berries, fungi, and herbs are a treasure trove of northern nature that goes mostly ignored by modern man….
Superfood and cosmetics from the gifts of northern nature
Berries, fungi, and herbs are a treasure trove of northern nature that goes mostly ignored by modern man. In Finland, for instance, only 5 to 10 per cent of berries are picked. But nature’s gifts remain underused measured by the extent of refinement as well. Berries and fungi are of course useful and delicious as such, but modern technology opens fascinating possibilities to process and refine them. Fenola, a startup of about ten people based in Seinäjoki, wants to unleash this potential.