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  1. The possibilities of marigold oil in food and biobased products

    The flower oil of marigold has been known for centuries for its wound-healing effect. More recent is the attention for the qualities of marigold oil. Marigold seed oil contains high concentrations of calendula acid and is a potential renewable and environmentally friendly raw material for paints or coatings. This seed oil would also be beneficial for the heart and blood vessels and for the recovery capacity of the muscles. The Herent Experimental Center and ILVO are working on the refinement of the cultivation of marigold (Calendula officinalis). The Karel de Grote Hogeschool and Ghent University further substantiates the application possibilities. Both pressed, hexane extracted as supercritical (sCO2) extracted oil are part of their research.
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  2. October 24, 2018

    Palm leaves feedstock for easily biodegradable biobased plastic

    HemCell is a plastic made from the combination of polylactic acid and crushed palm leaf waste. The Dutch invention is particularly easy to compost and suitable for a wide range of applications. For example, biodegradable coffee capsules will soon be available in the store. The plastic can be processed with existing plastic processing equipment. Pure PLA turned out to be too brittle and fragile. But combined with the powder of crushed palm leaves deliver a new material which has very useful functional properties.
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  3. October 22, 2018

    FONAP Annual Meeting and Monitoring

    Food sector reached 85% in 2017.
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  4. October 17, 2018

    Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil presents monitoring report 2017

    88% of palm oil delivered to food industry certified sustainable. Solidaridad shares story from their work with smallholder farmers in Colombia.
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  5. October 17, 2018

    India launches Sustainable Palm Oil Coalition


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  6. Closing the gap: food companies, retail and governments called to step up their actions on sustainable palm oil at EPOC 2018

    74% of the palm oil entering Europe for food was certified sustainable in 2017
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  7. China agrees on the import of Dutch lard for human consumption.

    China agrees on the import of Dutch lard for human consumption. On 2 July 2018, Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and her Chinese colleague Minister Ni Yuefeng signed the protocol during the High Level Meeting in The Hague.
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  8. Biodiesel most sustainable fuel

    Biofuels in the Netherlands are very sustainable. This appears from the annual report of the Netherlands Emissions Authority (NEa). The biodiesel we use in the Netherlands is mainly made from used cooking oil. The emission factor of biodiesel is the lowest of all the energy sources. Biodiesel thus performs significantly better than biogas and bio-ethanol, for example, but also better than electricity.
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  9. July 3, 2018

    2017 record year for oils and fats industry


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  10. Main recommendations for cancer prevention published

    At the end of May 2018 the report ‘Diet Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective', from World Cancer Research Fund and America Institute for Cancer Research was published. This report brings together the very latest research, findings and cancer prevention recommendations. These recommendations are largely in line with the dietary recommendations of the Dutch Health Council. The document does not report a direct relationship between fats and cancer.
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