Food waste is a staggering global problem: Roughly a third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted. But a select few companies are taking innovative approaches to cut those figures down to size. From small startups to major multinationals, this week we tip our hats to 10 companies that are rethinking food waste.
Food & Agriculture
This week, McDonald’s announced a commitment to remove deforestation from its supply chain. The global fast food company’s commitment includes its entire supply chain but places a priority on certain products, including beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil and poultry.
In recognition of Earth Day 2015, Nestlé USA has announced its latest accomplishment: All of its U.S.-based manufacturing centers are now landfill-free. The news is the latest stage in the U.S. company’s efforts to retool the way it does business. But changing consumer behavior when it comes to packaging disposal can be a lot harder: More than 80 percent of the water bottles manufactured by today’s water companies still end up in the landfill.
Frank Kutka, the maker of Organic Ready, is out to save organic corn. Oddly enough, he is doing it by an old-fashioned, home-grown method that has been around for at least a couple of centuries: meticulous genetic breeding that takes advantage of Mother Nature’s best traits of self-preservation and doesn’t artificially modify the plant’s genes. Can he succeed? Farmers in Argentina, Poland, Chile and a growing list of U.S. states think so.
The historic drought in California is making headlines across the United States, but any farmer, anywhere in the world, knows firsthand that this isn’t an isolated event. The issue before us today isn’t whether climate change is real, but how we adapt and respond to increasingly volatile weather, Kerry Preete, executive vice president of global strategy at Monsanto, argues in this exclusive op-ed. Nobody is more vulnerable than farmers to the effects of climate change, she says, and doing nothing is not an option.
Municipal-scale food waste composting is available in only a handful of cities. So, why isn’t composting mandatory in cities and towns? At least four barriers need to be overcome.
Chipotle stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants back in January due to a shortage of naturally-raised pork. The fast food chain’s shortage highlights the problem with the U.S. supply of sustainably produced meat.
“[The government] wants to prevent illegal, unregulated [and] unreported fishing — they have an acronym for it, and when the government gets acronyms for things, watch out! Here it comes,” trade lawyer Robert Becerra said at 2015 Seafood Expo North America. He’s not the only one who’s wondering how the government plans to enforce its new regulations to curb IUU fishing.
Farming fish makes sense, but it is not to the exclusion of robust, sustainable wild fisheries. As various case studies have shown, the two can co-exist and even compliment one another, and we need to advocate for better management in both.
Ocean Executive aims to create an electronic trading platform to centralize the seafood marketplace — and bring e-commerce to an old-fashioned industry. The basic idea is to take the current process of seafood sale transactions and place it online — making it more efficient, quicker and better for record keeping. The new platform is a business-to-business marketplace that saves time for both buyer and seller.
Those in the seafood industry furthest along the path to sustainability must never become the elite. Sustainability is not a club one joins. It is not an award one wins or a crown one wears. Sustainability must be nothing more and nothing less than a best practice.
The relatively rapid evolution of seafood sustainability has unfortunately left some consumers behind. Due to the complexities of sustainability and the rapidly evolving field, consumers can get overwhelmed. In this post we take a look at some of the key sustainability issues in the seafood industry.
While you may not find poultry grown in a petri dish to be appetizing, the benefits of engineering our food could prove to be a solution to agricultural waste and pollution — not to mention hunger alleviation.
I live in Maine, a state where it’s not infrequent to see the bumper sticker “Friends don’t let friends eat farmed salmon.” While I don’t take part in the categorical demonizing of the fish farming industry, I admit I personally tend to avoid farmed fish when presented with a choice. After attending an aquaculture panel at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA15), however, I feel inspired to do more than simply pride myself on not demonizing farmed fish.
Driscoll’s organic blackberries, strawberries and raspberries can be found in grocery stores throughout the country. Though they are environmentally friendly, a farmworkers’ union in Washington State has recently called for a consumer boycott, citing unfair working conditions.