Danish News Round-Up: Takeaway app that also feeds the Developing World

Elsewhere, current conditions offer your best probable chance of sighting an adder. But don’t get too close!

As bars and restaurants remain closed to patrons amid the Coronavirus Crisis, food delivery portals like Wolt and Hungry.dk are receiving more inquiries from restaurants hoping to transition to takeaway in order to stay open.

In early April, Wolt faced a wave of criticism for charging commission fees seen as excessive while restaurants are struggling to stay afloat.

Now, a new takeaway platform is set to launch called ‘Tribe Takeaway’, which will set commission fees at up to 70 percent cheaper than the likes of Wolt.

Helping the starving
In addition, for every meal purchased through Tribe Takeaway, a meal is automatically shared with a child in need via the UN World Food Program.

Mikkel Mads, the co-owner of Tribe Takeaway, told ‘Tech Savvy’ that they have replaced the usual handling fee that other platforms charge with a fee instead to feed a child.

Until their app and website go live, orders may only be taken on the Facebook pages of restaurants using Tribe Takeaway. So far, the app service has already given over 1,500 meals to children in need.

Adders out in force now
Spring has arrived and the warmer weather is a welcome change of pace for the people of Denmark – and also for adders. Springtime is mating season for the adder and, though they are active this time of year, they are sluggish and more slowed by the cooler weather than in the summer months. This means this is a great opportunity to see one out in nature as they attempt to sunbathe – but don’t get too close as they are venomous. The Danish environmental protection agency advises that it only bites if it feels threatened or attacked, stressing that people should always keep at least a few feet away from it. The snakes most often live in dunes, on heaths or in nutrient-poor bogs, and they are most likely to be seen in the morning.

Funding to create Denmark’s second largest transport hub
The government – with the support of its left-wing allies Radikale, Enhedslisten, SF and Alternativet – has unveiled a new deal to secure 52 million kroner from the ‘Finance Act’ to be put toward the redevelopment of Ny Ellebjerg Station. Total investment for the project now stands at 262 million kroner. The redevelopment has been underway for several years now, and upon completion it will make it the second largest transport hub in the country after Nørreport Station. The new station is intended to ease traffic at Copenhagen Central Station. It will merge S-train routes, the remote and freight train lines to Sweden, two passenger train lines, and the Metro.

Eight farmers part of alternative catch crop test
The Environment and Food Ministry have picked eight farmers for a pilot project in which they will be exempt from a number of requirements and rules, with a view to making wholesale changes – particularly in relation to crop rotation. The exemptions are intended to allow greater freedom and flexibility for farmers rotating crops, which farmers in the industry have sought for years. The environmental impact of these changes will be measured in order to gauge the efficacy of the current environmental regulations in place. The eight participants and their land are scattered across the country from Jutland across Funen and Zealand to Bornholm. The pilot project will run until December 2021, and the results of the project will be published in mid-February 2022.