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Transparent Food

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Transparent Food is a recently finished SAFE consortium project. It was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer at the University of Bonn.
Transparent Food - Quality and Integrity in Food: A Challenge for Chain Communication and Transparency Research

It is the general objective of the Transparent Food project to “contribute to the development of transparency in the (food and drink) sector by supporting understanding of its complexities, identifying the present state-of-the-art, learning from experiences, making stakeholders aware, specifying deficiencies and research needs, and formulating a research framework for facilitating future research initiatives”. This general objective is captured in the following four concrete and verifiable project objectives:

  1. Identification of the state-of-the art on transparency knowledge and understanding:
    This objective will be served by a compendium on the state-of-the-art on present knowledge and understanding of transparency needs, transparency solutions, and transparency potentials as derived from research and best practice experiences.
  2. Identification of deficiencies in stakeholder transparency and needs for future research initiatives:
    This objective will be served by a strategic research agenda based on a research framework for the identification of transparency deficiencies, research needs, and research priorities.
  3. Providing transparency uptake support:
    This objective will be served by the specification of a ‘blueprint’ information backbone scheme(representing an agreement on information exchange between system providers regarding technology and content) that could support the development of a European communication network and facilitate interaction between existing and developing transparency initiatives.
  4. Developing transparency awareness:
    This objective will be served by the establishment of a transparency platform and dedicated dissemination initiatives with stakeholders on a European scale. Transparency is one of the issues which, from the outset, seem to be very easy to understand resulting in proposals abound. However, it is one of the most complex and fuzzy issues the sector is facing. The formulation of the objectives and the approach of the project is based on an understanding of the relevance and complexity of the issue which will be clarified.

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