EU Coordinating Food Research

June 11/just-food global news -- A new EU body co-ordinating around 1 billion euros in food-related research from 20 European countries has started work.

The "Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change" will plan and manage national food industry research securing future supplies and reducing climate emissions.

The aim is preventing European researchers duplicating work, critical given national governments fund 95% of these countries' public research budgets, often tapped by food companies.

EU research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said, "We can only get full value for public research funds by working together."  

From the June 14, 2010, Prepared Foods' Daily News
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