Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO – University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO

Photo: Tom Haga, Norwegian Seafood Export Council

Cascading Norwegian co-streams for bioeconomic transition

(from abstract) A circular bioeconomy has become a global aspiration for governments in Europe and around the globe. This article pursues research questions concerning concrete innovations aiming to create bioeconomic transition options in Norway and presents results from a transdisciplinary investigation of Norwegian food industry cases involving processing of fish, meat, fruit, and vegetable co-streams aiming to capture or even increase use and value of residues from processing. It shows that [...] a high share of fish resources ends as rest raw materials, i.e. not fully utilised.  more >>

Capturing value from Intellectual Property (IP) in a global environment

(from abstract) Globalization should provide firms with an opportunity to leverage their know-how and reputation across countries to create value. However, it remains challenging for them to actually capture that value using traditional Intellectual Property (IP) tools. In this paper, we document the strong growth in patents, trademarks, and industrial designs used by firms to protect their IP globally. We then show that IP protection remains fragmented; the quality of IP applications might be questionable; and developing a comprehensive IP footprint worldwide is very costly.   more >>

Food industry structure in Norway and Denmark since the 1990s: path dependency and institutional trajectories in Nordic food markets

(from abstract) Structural changes in Norwegian and Danish food industry since the 1990s is analysed as a path dependent response to the neo-liberal turn. Norway entered the 1990s as a protected market and Denmark as case of an export oriented industry. These developmental strategies are rooted in early 20th century industrialisation and influenced by institutional transformations in the 1990s, such as EU and WTO. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are studied in the context of changing political environments.
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Shops can sell fewer calories

Supermarkets could help their customers consume fewer calories by making small changes to the recipes of own-brand food products to reduce the calories contained in the product, without notifying consumers explicitly, according to a study from IFRO.
Read more about the calories saving study here >>

Brexit will cost Danish food export

Danish food eksport to the UK will be hardly hit by the Brexit. However, some of the loss could probably be regained on other markets. This is a conclusion of a new IFRO report for the Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark. The report can be downloaded here.

Artificial evolution

A study from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and University of Queensland presents examples of how humans not only contribute to the extinction of species but also drive evolution, and in some cases the emergence of entirely new species. The study was published in Proceedings of Royal Society B. Postdoc Joseph Bull from Department of Food and Resource Economics is the lead author. Humans artificially drive evolution of new species >>