Sustainable agriculture, nutrition and reducing food waste

In National Geographic magazine’s “Today I Learned”, National Geographic explorer Tristram Stuart elaborates on the many ways perfectly good food goes to waste.  Watch this short video:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/TIL/160223-sciex-one-third-food-wasted

KLOSS believes in sustainable agriculture, wholesome foods and the protection of the production-to-consumer supply chain as one big step in the reduction of food waste, helping and protecting the communities of responsible farmers and producers striving to reach ethically driven consumers.

Foodtank (www.foodtank.com) is a think tank for food, especially the movement for safe, healthy, nourishing food. It recently published an article on “Fostering the Global Shift Towards a More Sustainable Food System” by Francesca Allievi (https://foodtank.com/news/author/francesca-allievi/), a food sustainability researcher, consultant and the President of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN), and introduced the global Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a collaborative project between the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation.

Food sustainability really revolves around Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrition Challenges and Food Loss and Waste Reduction, as emphasized in the development of the Food Sustainability Index. Sustainable agriculture is the production of food - plant or animal products - using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Nutrition in food intake should help prevent disease and promote health, hence the focus on natural ingredients and healthy foods that are pesticide free, antibiotics free, and free from harmful contamination. Food loss and waste reduction also covers the production and processing of food, hence sustainable plant design, in order to reduce loss and protect the environment.

Ms Allievi writes that “a food system does not sit in isolation, and a large number of stakeholders act together according to dynamics created by specific drivers. These include biophysical elements and constraints (such as the availability of land and water), innovation and research (such as solutions derived from new technology), political and economic inputs (policies, regulations, income levels, etc.), socio-cultural aspects (for example food traditions and religious rules), and demographic issues (urbanization and education levels, among others).”

Complex as these challenges are as they interact with the pursuit of commerce, globalization and profit, KLOSS also believes that solutions at each level can be successfully implemented with an understanding and like-minded thinking and action from the various stakeholders with the added input of innovation and technology.

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