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Call for laboratories to analyse the nutrient density of regenerative agriculture produce

We are looking for laboratories to analyse and compare the nutrient density of regeneratively farmed produce to the same produce from conventional agriculture.
EIT Food South
Europe
Deadline: 23 October 2020

About Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is a system that seeks to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds and mitigate climate change through a series of practices that include:

  • Minimal soil disturbance
  • Use of cover crops and crop rotations
  • The reduction of elimination of agrochemical inputs, and
  • The integration of livestock and plants.

Proponents of this method of agriculture believe that by following these practices farmers can make their farms and businesses more sustainable and produce more nutritious food.

About the Call

We are looking for research laboratories to analyse and compare the nutrient density of regeneratively farmed produce to the same produce from conventional agriculture. We hope that the results of this study will help understand the health benefits of regenerative agriculture and determine whether there is a correlation between healthy soils and healthy produce.

As the current focus of our programme is Southern Europe, we would like to include the main Mediterranean foodstuffs in the study. Ideally, by the end of 12 months we will have obtained results on the nutritional value of 6-8 products from the following categories:

  • Olive
  • Grape
  • Almond or pistachio
  • Stone fruit, top fruit or citrus
  • Market vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Root vegetables/tubers
  • Soft fruit (strawberry or blueberry)
  • Meat and poultry

While we expect proposals to consider the principal macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to determine nutrient density, we ask that the laboratory propose and explain the methodology best suited to analysing each foodstuff.

Laboratories interested in carrying out the analysis of all or some of the products mentioned above should send their proposal to philip.fernandez@eitfood.eu writing “Nutrient density analysis” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: 23 October 2020

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