Sustainable Food – Agriculture Conference Programme

    • November 3, 2015
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amOlga Grant - Research Fellow, School of Agriculture & Food Science, UCDPresentation Title: Water management in crop production. Presentation Synopsis: Globally, climate change and population growth have reduced freshwater supplies, threatening food security. Locally, economic and legislative pressures mean we need to reconsider how we manage water use in crop production. Improving water use efficiency, however, can have several benefits, such as reducing wastage and hence inputs, including labour, and even enhancing the quality of the crop product.
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amBen Braou - Business General Manager, Alltech E-CO Presentation Title: Meeting our targets-The importance of agriculture. Presentation Synopsis: With 80% of the carbon footprint for a litre of milk coming from the farm, more needs to be done at farm level to realise meaningful carbon reductions. As improvements in on-farm efficiency lead to increased profitability and a reduced carbon footprint, a strong, resilient agriculture industry is beneficial to all. By working across the supply chain, industries save to achieve large carbon savings whilst maintaining a sustainable supply.
      • 10:15 am - 10:30 amAndy Green - Sustainability Sales Manager, BM TRADAPresentation Title: Can’t see the food for the trees. Presentation Synopsis: How zero net deforestation targets, impact the food supply chain.
      • 10:30 am - 10:55 amBreak
      • 10:55 am - 11:10 amDr. Srinivasa Reddy Chaganti - Industrial Research Fellow, School of Physics and AMBER, TCIPresentation Title: Eco- friendly bio-based and compostable polymer materials for sustainable food packaging. Presentation Synopsis: Most of the commodity polymers used for packaging applications were derived from fossil fuel resources and are non-degradable. As such fossil fuel resources are limited, and continued fluctuation of their price diverted the packaging industries to use polymers which are derived from renewable resources. The present talk highlights the potential application of bio based and biodegradable polymers such as polyhydroxy alkonates (PHA) and Poly lactic acid (PLA) which are produced from sustainable resources. In general, bio based polymers on its own will have some inferior properties when compared to petro based counter parts. In order to use these polymers for various applications the properties these polymers need to be manipulated to meet the requirement to produce certain products. At Trinity College we are working with Bioplastech Ltd to develop novel bio based and bio degradable polymers for food packaging applications. Bioplastech Ltd is an Irish SME, which developed technologies for producing biodegradable polymers from renewable feed stock. Their proprietary technology converts renewable feed stock into biodegradable polymers via a microbial fermentation process.
      • 11:10 am - 11:25 amWasim Haskiya - Energy Manager, KeelingsPresentation Title: Keelings Approach to Sustainability. Presentation Synopsis: Keelings approach to sustainability highlights the significance of sustainability to the business and addresses two major sustainability parameters: energy and waste management. The benefit to the business for adopting such sustainability measures is a reduction in cost and an increase in operation efficiency.
      • 11:25 am - 11:40 amMark Quick - Director, Nephin Whiskey CompanyPresentation Title: Practicing what you preach: Aligning procurement processes with company sustainability values. Presentation Synopsis: Most companies have good sustainability intentions. It’s difficult to ensure these are lived up to internally but even more challenging to assess, manage and improve down through the supply chain. Mark will present the toolset used by Nephin Whiskey to measure and monitor their suppliers sustainability across environmental, economic and social indicators. He will discuss how this is integrated with company decision making in tendering and the direct link to bottom line through brand support and risk management.
      • 11:40 am - 11:55 amEric Robson - RU Manager, TSSGPresentation Title: Driving sustainable food production with Precision Agriculture. Presentation Synopsis: The use of technology is a key enabler in driving efficiencies across food production value chains. TSSG will discuss the how the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Mobile technologies are having an impact on the agriculture sector.
      • 11:55 am - 12:10 pmNiamh Kirwan- Marketing and Communications Manager, FoodCloud -ChairmanPresentation Title: Creating Innovative Solutions for Surplus Food FoodCloud is a social enterprise that matches businesses with too much food with charities that need food through a smart phone app and website. Within communities food businesses frequently experience food surpluses, as a consequence of the modern food system, while charities struggle to provide food for those who need it most. FoodCloud provides an opportunity for businesses and charities within communities to work together to solve the social and environmental impact associated with food waste and food poverty. Niamh is Marketing and Communications Manager with FoodCloud. Niamh has previously worked as an Environmental Youth officer and coordinator for the Young Environmentalist Awards with Eco-Unesco and as researcher and policy analyst with Comhar, Sustainable Development Council.
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch