This 4-year project funded by the European Commission addresses the urgent needs in China for increasing safety and green practices in agro-food processing. More concretely it aims to transform the highly polluting and resource- consuming edible bamboo shoot industry into a sustainable value chain.
IFOAM is partnering in the project with the Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University (ZAFU), the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) as well as the Zhejiang and Sichuan Provincial Associations for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the Associations for the Bamboo Industry of Anji, Zhejiang and Yibin, Sichuan.
The actions focus on:
- Reviving consumption of safe and eco-friendly preserved foods through market studies, food research, and public campaigns;
- Developing less polluting and safe food produced by green SMEs in Zhejiang and Sichuan Provinces;
- Formulating and enforcing policy for pollution control and for safe processed foods;
- Disseminating, transferring, and replicating successful experiences and models to other SMEs of preserved vegetables, fruits, and meats.
The launching event of the project was held in May 2013. The project will run until 31 December 2016.