Münster University of Applied Sciences

EU research project against food waste

In Germany alone, 18 million tons of food go to waste every year, 11 of which are perfectly edible.
FH Münster/Dzemila Muratovic
In Germany alone, 18 million tons of food go to waste every year, 11 of which are perfectly edible.

Around 88 million tonnes of food are lost in Europe every year. This corresponds to around 20 percent of the food produced. A new research project aims to remedy the situation. The EU is providing €5.5 million in funding as part of the Horizon 2020 program.

In the "Lowinfood" project, 27 partners from twelve European countries under the leadership of the Italian University of Tuscia are working on a common goal until February 2025: to significantly reduce food waste along the entire value chain with the help of innovative solutions. The innovations will be tested in their environment , further developed in line with practical requirements and their potential evaluated. Research institutions cooperate with start-ups that develop prototypes, other companies and associations from the food industry, and public institutions.

Various disciplines are conducting joint research

The Institute for Sustainable Nutrition (iSuN) at Münster University of Applied Sciences is one of the nine research partners from various disciplines. Just recently, all participants gathered for a kick-off in a video conference to agree on common goals. "The meeting was very motivating, even though it only took place online," says food technologist Dr. Christina Strotmann from iSuN. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Petra Teitscheid, the institute is responsible for the scientific supervision of the project in Germany. This includes, for example, accompanying the practical tests of the innovations, evaluating their effectiveness and their impact on sustainability, supporting practical and innovation partners and transferring new findings to the food industry.

"This European project illustrates the wide range of solutions available to combat food waste," says Strotmann. Lowinfood also takes up fields of action from the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste. "We are drawing on the potential of digital solutions, optimizing processes in the economy and aiming to reduce the To change consumer behaviour towards more appreciation of food."