June / July / August 2023
"We are fixing our food production value chain for a sustainable planet"
What is the Food4Sustainability CoLAB?
The Food4Sustainability CoLAB purpose is to solve large scale problems in bio-based food systems (e.g. feed, fish, algae, vegetables) for climate resiliency. The CoLAB will pioneer a shift from linear agri- food production processes to a circular one.
Our goal is to test and implement novel approaches to food production systems that can have positive impact on:
Null use of chemicals (synthesis)
Sustainable intensification (maximization of land use)
Water preservation & environment impact
Increased efficiency the whole value chain in the food industry
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Ultimately the LAB will galvanize a impoverished region (Idanha - www.cm-idanhanova.pt) to become a role model in rural development and replicable in other regions in EU.
The BGI Accelerator - Building Global Innovators, was the entity selected to lead the new Collaborative Laboratory (CoLAB) Foodlab - Collaborative Laboratory for sustainable food production systems (July 2019).
The Colab will feature a base funding of 7,8M€ for the initial years of activity and it expects to become self sustainable by the end of year 3 of operation. It will initially create 21 high skilled jobs in the region of Idanha a Nova.