sustainableinnovation

Mar 12
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Disrupting illegal markets for a sustainable economic growth

The 8th goal set by the United Nations in the Agenda for Sustainable Development is to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all. According to the UN, in 2019, 22% of the world’s youth were not engaged in either education, employment or training. (1)

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Mar 05
Friday, Mar 05, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The antithesis between counterfeiting and health

One of the main goals established by the United Nations in the Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. According to the UN, in 2017 more than half of the world population was not covered by essential health services. (1)

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Feb 11
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The “dangerous” market of fake cosmetics and how to end it

In 2018, the value of the global cosmetics market was 507.8 billion U.S. dollars. The same market is projected to reach the value of almost 760 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. (1) The growth of the cosmetics field has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in counterfeiting, which some associations have quantified as a rise of […]

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Nov 05
Thursday, Nov 05, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Veterinary drugs. Fakes and illicit markets

When talking about troubles with veterinary drugs, the first thing that comes to our mind is the extensive use of antibiotics in modern farms. It is true that today antibiotics are the only way to overcome a bacterial disease efficiently. However, their misuse to increase animal growth-rate and productivity can stimulate the development of an […]

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Oct 29
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Herbs and spices. Hard to recognize, easy to counterfeit

The term “spices” comes from the Latin “species” which indicates a special type of valuable goods that differs from ordinary ones. Due to their exotic characteristics and low availability, in mediaeval times the term gradually came to indicate the vegetable substances of oriental origin mainly used for cooking purposes. Apart from the religious valence and […]

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Oct 16
Friday, Oct 16, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Illegal agrochemical products. Numbers, risks and solutions

It is not just about the vegetable soup you might eat once a month, it is also about the wooden table on which you eat the soup, or even the cotton shirt you are wearing every day. Now think about all the staple crops in different areas of the world and the ones that are […]

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Oct 12
Monday, Oct 12, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Blockchain-based traceability for the Food & Beverage sector. The QR code deception

Nowadays, when it comes to produce and sell food and beverages, traceability represents a fundamental requirement. Before becoming an advertising stunt, we must say that the “ability” to “trace” food along the supply chain till the point of sale is mandatory by law. However, following product’s path from the production site to the shelves of […]

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