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Less is more: reducing food losses and waste

September 29, 2022

Food production is resource-intensive. Nevertheless, one third of the quantities produced are thrown away. What strategies can help to prevent food loss and waste on their way from the fields to our plates?

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Die Preisträgerinen und Preisträger des Thünen-Forschungspreises zusammen mit dem GdF-Vorsitzenden Lorenz von Schintling-Horny und Thünen-Präsident Folkhard Isermeyer auf der Bühne des Thünen-Forums.
Thünen Research Prizes awarded

The Thünen Research Prizes 2021 for an outstanding science-oriented achievement and for excellent target group-oriented work have now been awarded at the Thünen Institute.

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ICES advice on fishing opportunities: What's behind it?

In its annual advice, ICES provides an overview of the status of exploited fish stocks in the northeast Atlantic and publishes recommendations for future sustainable fishing opportunities. We explain what the advice means for German fisheries.

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The National Animal Welfare Monitoring

So far, there is no national animal welfare report in Germany. The National Animal Welfare Monitoring (NaTiMon) project is developing the foundations for this.

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The Thünen Institute.

Research and policy advice on rural areas, agriculture, forests and fisheries.

As a research institute in the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), we work at the interface of science, politics and society.

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Institutes conduct research in the fields of rural areas, agriculture, forestry and fisheries


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    Goossens Y, Leverenz D, Kuntscher M (2022) Waste-tracking tools: A business case for more sustainable and resource efficient food services. Resources Conserv Recycl Adv 15:200112, DOI:10.1016/j.rcradv.2022.200112

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    Egenolf V, Distelkamp M, Morland C, Beck-O'Brien M, Bringezu S (2022) The timber footprint of German bioeconomy scenarios compared to the planetary boundaries for sustainable roundwood supply. Sustain Prod Consum 33:686-699, DOI:10.1016/j.spc.2022.07.029

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    Ohlmeyer M, Mennicke F, Poth S (2022) Relationship between product emission and indoor air quality of wood constructions. In: Indoor Air 2022 : Healthy People in Healthy Indoor Environments ; June 12th to 16th Kuopio, Finland, Proceedings.

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    Miller D, Irvine K, Nijnik M, Garcia B, Panoutsopoulos H, Martino G, Schwarz G (2022) Climate change and land use. 52 p SHERPA Discussion Paper, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.6671041

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    Bognar J, Schwarz G (2022) Towards sustainable and resilient value chains. 27 p SHERPA Discussion Paper, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.6778048

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