Potatoes: Our new protein? By Diana Fayed

New research is going to make it possible to replace proteins gained from animals i.e. from eggs or milk, with protein extracted from potatoes.

As the world’s population continues to grow, it becomes more and more difficult to provide a sustainable protein source, which is why researchers have tried to find new sources. Some have turned toward insects as a novel source of protein, seeing as they pollute less than the traditional protein sources; beef and pork. The positive effects of insects as a protein source have been reported since the early 1970’s, and yet the western world has not shifted from traditional meat to insects or other alternative protein sources.

But now Danish researchers from the University of Aarhus and University of Copenhagen have taken it upon themselves to find a new source of protein; potato protein.

In Denmark there is every year being produced a large amount of potato starch, which leads to 10.000 tons of waste product that is not being consumed by humans but instead by farm animals. By extracting the residue of toxic chemicals and unwanted enzyme activities naturally found in the waste product of the potatoes, it will be possible to create a sustainable source of protein, which could help solve the issue of the lack of protein which we are currently facing worldwide.

Not only could this be beneficial for the Danish agriculture, but it is a more sustainable and environmental friendly way of using the waste product of potato starch. The research will be conducted by the University of Aarhus and the University of Copenhagen.

Interview with Elisabeth Jørgensen Brun By Emma Laursen

Elisabeth Jørgensen Brun is the Head of Sections in Aalborg Youth School – the institution that is hosting this year’s CEI conference. Mrs. Brun attended her first conference back in 2000 and she has been involved with CEI ever since. She is currently a board member as Incoming Conference Chair. She also hosted the 2008 conference in Denmark, so this will be her second time hosting. We have asked Elisabeth about her first encounter with CEI: “My first experience with CEI was in 2000 at the conference in Lund, Sweden. By coincidence I became aware of the organisation and decided to attend the conference. It seemed foolish not to, since this was a unique chance to be part of something different, which would allow the students and teachers to be part of something bigger than themselves. The students and myself returned 13th of March – Aalborg, Denmark from Lund with great new experiences and a worldwide network – we were so excited and eager to continue our commitment with CEI, which we did. Aalborg Youth School has been participating ever since – except for the conference in Kenya, which we could not attend, unfortunately.”

Being a part of CEI for this long, brings along a lot of good memories, so we have asked Mrs. Brun if there is any specific moments with CEI, that she looks back on with pride, she said: “I only have very good memories from my involvement with CEI. Each conference has been unique in it’s own way – and every time I have travelled back home to Denmark filled with new perspectives on the environmental issues we are facing – and life in general. Meeting and understanding people from different countries and cultures, is one of the greatest things about the CEI conferences. Especially in the era of globalization, I believe that this experience will be highly valuable for both students and teachers. I specifically remember the conference in South Africa, where I ended up in a Township with my students; this really put our lives back home in Denmark into perspective. Also, in Scotland in 2013 I remember my young students in the kitchen with a Supreme Court representative from Pakistan – all doing the dishes together. I think this is very unique for CEI, the boundaries between age, rank, countries, culture, religion are broken down for the greater good.“

Elisabeth has chosen, like so many others in CEI, to commit to the organisation. This means attendance on the conferences and all the work that follows, we have asked Elisabeth what motivate her, to spend time and energy on CEI: “The environmental and climatic issues have only increased and become more intrusive, hence my involvement in CEI has only gotten more important. Also, in regards to the educational aspect of participating in the CEI conferences – I truly believe that this is a once in a life time experience for my students, both in regards to the general academic aspect, but also in regards to the development of identity and tolerance towards others – this is what motivates me in my work for CEI

We are all very excited about CEI 16’, so we asked Elisabeth if she had any words of encouragement for the participants of this year’s conference: “You can all look forward to an amazing week in the company of other committed youngsters and their educators. You can look forward to interesting workshops and fieldtrips, which among other things will introduce you to Europe’s happiest city (the City of Aalborg) – where sustainability is in focus. We are looking forward to seeing you in Aalborg, and I wish you good luck with your projects.”

We want to thank Mrs. Brun for her time and we wish her the best with 13th of March – Aalborg, Denmark the preparations for conference.

Interview with Young Guide Jonas Lykholt Andreasen By Katrine Rose Jensen

In the last issue of Every Second Sunday news we introduced our first member, Diana Fayed, of this year’s Young Guides Team – a group of youngsters who will be helping out as guides during the conference.

This week we have interviewed another Young Guide – Jonas Lykholt Andreasen. Jonas is 17 years old and this year’s conference will be his third. He previously attended the conferences in Taiwan (2014) and Portugal (2015).

First, we have asked him why he made the choice to be one of the Young Guides on this year’s conference: ”I chose to become a Young Guide because I’ve watched by from the sideline of other conferences how others have been so busy and involved in the more practical parts of hosting a conference – and this year is my chance to try something different and be an active part of getting as good a conference as possible. Especially the Alumni Team has been very open and has created an amazing spirit to the conferences I have attended. I hope to pass the good spirit on to the participants of CEI 16’. So when everybody is returning home, they are tired but thrilled that they have been part of something this amazing”. On his other conferences Jonas has been participating as a regular student, so being a Young Guide will be a whole new experience. We have asked him how he feels he can contribute to this year’s conference as a Young Guide: ”One of my strongest side is that I’m not shy in any ways. Which is a big advantage, because as a Young Guide you are going to talk a lot in front of many people – we will for example be guides on the field trips and around the City of Aalborg. I’m very easy to talk to and I want to make all the participants feel that they always can come to me if there is anything they want to ask or are curious about” he adds: ”I think the challenge of being a Young Guide will fit me very well, even though I am young and this is only my third conference, I think I am old enough to take responsibility”.

Since this year’s conference is taking place in Denmark we have also asked Jonas how he feels about this: ”I am super stoked that it is in Denmark this year – and even in my city. It gives a completely other perspective on the conference for me, I am a bit more anxious because this is my city and my country and I just hope everyone will have a good time. It’s special for me this year, 13th of March – Aalborg, Denmark because I am not joining as a regular participant, but being part of the more practical team. It is going to be SUCH a blast – Just praying that we will have the weather with us, and not a usual rainy Danish summer”.

Why should our cows eat Oregano? By Frederikke Ulnits

One of the subthemes of the 30th CEI conference is nature and conservation. In Denmark researchers have tried to find a way to make milk cows more environmentally friendly for many years – with no result. But now they have discovered a method to reduce the methane emission.

The greenhouse gas methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas just after carbon dioxide (CO2). In 2006 a report from FAO concluded that the meat industry produces 18% more greenhouse gasses than the transport sector. In Denmark cows are responsible for 40% of those greenhouse gasses. Actually a typical milk cow produces up 500 litres of methane gas every single day.

The 1st January 2015 a new project was initiated by Aarhus University in Denmark. The goal is to reduce 25% of the methane emission caused by milk cows in Denmark. The general goal in EU is to reduce the methane emission with 24% in 2030 in proportion to 2005 in Denmark. Four years of laboratory experiments has now shown that Danish ecological oregano is able to reduce the methane emission. The new project will test if oregano in cow fodder can reduce the methane emission too.

The project is divided into three working faces. The first face’s purpose is intensive experiments in environmental chambers. Among other things it means that they are going to research the digestibility of individually nutrients and to measure the amount of gas production from the milk cows.

The second fase will focus on researching the fatty acid composition and the taste of the milk from cows eating oregano as a part of their daily fodder.

In the third fase the focus is on growing oregano and practical tests. The oregano will be sowed at fields with as high dry matter percentage as possible. They will do comparative tests, where they will feed a group of cows with fodder rations containing oregano and another group with fodder without oregano. It is then possible to measure the amount of methane to see if the project is working as well in practice as it were in the laboratory. The project is expected to end on the 31st of December 2018. Instead of putting oregano on top of our pizzas, maybe we should start feeding it to our cows instead – and work towards a more sustainable agriculture.

 Message from the CEI2016 administrative team :

We would like to remind everyone that the registration is closing on the 1st of April 2016 – so please remember to register in time. Secondly, we would like to remind those who need an official invitation letter to contact us on ceidk2016@gmail.com Thirdly, we would like to remind participants to e -mail their flight information, so we will be able to arrange the Airport and Train Station Shuttle. Lastly, we want to recommend you to visit our Instagram account “CEI2016” and our Snapchat account “CEI2016” where you can follow our Young Guides and Young Reporters in their preparation for the conference. We are looking so much forward to welcome you in Aalborg in June.