July 18th: ICHAR annual meeting

On July 18th, in the Open Fields headquarters, the annual ICHAR (Italian Biochar Association) meeting will be held, gathering businessmen, agro-technicians and researchers. During the workshop the innovative stoves designed for the biochar production will be presented, the European legislation progress on this interesting soil amendment will be described, and finally some initial results on an ongoing test in the field on processing tomato will be illustrated. The participation is free but you are welcome to contact us to make the reservation!

Open Fields on waste reduction in the value chain of processing tomatoes and on innovative applications of soft wheat

In October 2012 Open Fields participated in two important events: the first organized in Parma by Kuminda, having as a subject “food companies, efficiency, waste reduction and recycling of processing by-products”, and the second, organized by the Museo Lombardo di Storia dell’Agricoltura entitled “Wheat, the most relevant source of food for human beings”.
Both appointments saw a good participation of the value chain operators and of the scientific community.
In the presentation at the workshop of Kuminda, Open Fields tried to summarize all the industrial and research initiatives in the North Italian District of tomato, aiming at reducing tomato and water waists during cultivation and aiming at increasing the value of processing by-products. The presentation is available here .
In the report presented at the conference on wheat, Open Fields gave an overview on the most innovative applications of soft wheat, on new transformation processes, nutritional and functional targets and on techniques to reduce immunogenicity of gluten. The presentation entitled “Emerging needs of soft wheat processors”, can be downloaded here.

Food waste and right to food

Monday the 15th of October Open Fields will participate in the event promoted by Kumida and organized by Prof. Alessandro Arrighetti, ” Food waste and right to food – Experiences of solidarity and strategies to improve the efficiency of the food chain in Europe, Italy and Emilia Romagna”. Open Fields will give a speech entitled “Waste reduction in the production chain of processing tomato: some successful examples “.
Visit the website of the Kuminda association.

Wheat species as food source

An interesting seminar will be held in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano on October 12, 2012 on the relevance of the wheat species as food source for human beings. The event is organized by the Museo Lombardo di Storia dell’Agricoltura. Open Fields has been invited to present on: “The emerging needs of the wheat processors”.