November 2024

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Click on one of the logos of 3D Food Printing, Protein Transition, Smart Farming, or Vertical Farming to get more information about each conference session.

3D Food Printing

This revolutionary advancement has the potential to completely transform our relationship with food. Join us as we delve into the latest research and development on taste, texture, structure, flavor, color, and nutrition. Discover the fascinating world of ingredients and technologies used in 3D food printing, and explore new business models that are emerging in this field.

Imagine a future where customized cakes can be effortlessly printed at your local supermarket, where caterers and restaurants offer specially designed dishes created through 3D printing. Moreover, the healthcare industry is also embracing this technology, with innovative applications entering the market.

However, while the possibilities are immense, it is important to acknowledge that further research is needed to turn the hype surrounding this technology into a tangible reality. We invite you to explore the industries that will be influenced by this technology and discover which food components can be printed in the near future. Additionally, we’ll explore the vital aspects of safety and maintainability that must be considered when working with 3D printed food.

Our focus topics include:

  • Research and development: Exploring advancements in taste, texture, structure, flavor, color, and nutrition.
  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing: Dive into the cutting-edge technologies used in this field.
  • Ingredients: Discover the exciting array of ingredients that can be utilized in the 3D printing of food.
  • Business Models: Learn about the innovative business models emerging within the 3D food printing industry.

Join us on this fascinating journey into the future through 3D printing technology!

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Protein Transition

The protein transition is a critical global concern that demands our attention. It is imperative that we shift towards high-quality, protein-rich alternative food sources while taking into account human health and environmental sustainability.

Traditionally, a significant portion of our protein consumption has relied on animal-derived products. However, this approach is becoming increasingly inefficient and cannot adequately sustain the growing and more prosperous global population.

The production of meat, in particular, places a heavy burden on land, water, and raw materials, significantly impacting the environment. With the world population expanding and the demand for meat rising, it is crucial that we transition towards alternative food sources that provide high-quality protein while prioritizing the well-being of humans and the planet.

There are various paths we can explore, but this conference will specifically focus on two major alternatives, addressing both short-term and long-term solutions:

  1. Plant-based proteins
  2. Cell-based meat

During the conference, we will delve into cutting-edge research and commercial initiatives in these fields. Experts from academia and industry will present their latest findings, showcasing innovative products and services.

Key topics to be covered during the conference include:

  • Research and development of supporting technologies such as biofabrication, 3D printing, and 3D bioprinting.
  • Advancements in cell structure, taste, texture, flavor, color, nutritional value, and muscle structure.
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) to assess the overall environmental impact.
  • Implications for the agriculture industry.
  • Social impacts of cultured food, including consumer adoption, societal considerations, and economic aspects.
  • Patent, legal, and regulatory issues surrounding these alternative food sources.
  • Investment opportunities in the protein-rich alternative food industry.

Join us as we explore the latest advancements in plant-based proteins, cell-based meat, and their broader impact on our society, economy, and environment. Together, we can drive the shift towards a sustainable and protein-rich future.

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Smart Farming

The future of agriculture—where sensors, drones, and satellites are poised to revolutionize farming practices.

From the advent of mechanization and mineral fertilizers to the industrialization of production processes, the agriculture industry has witnessed significant transformations. Now, we stand on the brink of a new era: Smart Farming, also known as Precision Agriculture. With connectivity and data management at its core, Smart Farming is set to unleash the next wave of innovation in agricultural history.

Today, we have not only the ability to collect vast amounts of data but also to control equipment remotely and monitor individual animals through the Internet of Things (IoT). More and more farmers are embracing digital technology and data-driven innovations to enhance their operations.

As we delve into the realm of Smart Farming, numerous questions arise. What new business models will thrive in this era of innovation? Will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can traditional farmers transition successfully to becoming smart farmers? Moreover, how can we identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production?

Our conference will address these pressing topics, focusing on the following key areas:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0: like drones, sensors, Photonics, IoT, multi-spectral imaging, robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Environmental impact mitigation: Delve into strategies for reducing nitrogen, methane, particulate matter on one hand, and developing strategies to make the transition from fossil to biobased.
  • Advancements in plant and crop science
  • Exploring new business models

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey into the realm of Smart Farming, where technology and data converge to shape the future of sustainable and efficient food production.

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Vertical Farming

Welcome to the fascinating world of vertical farming—an innovative methodology for cultivating agricultural products in a vertical manner. With vertical farming, crops can be grown in a small footprint, making it an efficient and sustainable solution for urban environments.

Vertical farms can be constructed in both new and existing buildings, offering numerous advantages for environmental sustainability and human health. By minimizing the need for water and nutrients, vertical farms conserves valuable resources. Additionally, the elimination of pesticides and fungicides creates a healthier and more natural growing environment.

Topics of the conference

  • Plant condition issues like: CO2, Nutrients, Irrigation, Climate, Lighting
  • Energy Use / Sustainability issues/ Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Robotics / Automation
  • Food safety / HACCP

One exciting aspect we’ll explore is how vertical farms can contribute to the protein transition, offering alternative sources of sustainable protein production. .

CEA / Vertical Farming / Greenhouses
To clarify any confusion surrounding the terminology, it’s important to note that Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an umbrella term encompassing vertical farming and indoor agriculture. CEA utilizes technology-based approaches to create optimal growing conditions within enclosed structures such as greenhouses or plant factories. By shielding crops from outdoor elements, CEA aims to maintain consistent and favorable conditions throughout the crop’s development.

Join us on this exploration and discover the immense potential it holds for sustainable urban food production.

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Interested to learn more about the actual status of the Agrifood Industry, visit news on LinkedIn.