Sustainability and the Supply Chain

Sustainability and the Supply Chain

What are the impacts of sustainability on the supply chain? How do things like hurricanes and flooding impact the production and distribution of fresh food? Does climate change play a role? How does food waste contribute to the environmental problems? I think that, intuitively, we know the answers to these questions, but do we know how much of a role food waste plays and climate change’s impacts and trends over time? Sustainability: The Impact of Weather on the Supply Chain At a recent meeting of the Cold Chain Council, an...Continue Reading...
World Hunger Day 2019: Sustainability

World Hunger Day 2019: Sustainability

Today, May 28, is World Hunger Day 2019, an initiative by The Hunger Project. According to their website: More than 821 million people do not have enough food to eat. 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. 98 percent of the world’s undernourished live in developing countries. Hunger kills more than Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. The Hunger Project is focused on solving a number of issues associated with food. Their view, according to their website, is that: Hunger is not just about food. Hunger and poverty are...Continue Reading...
Earth Day 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020

Earth Day 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020

Last Monday was Earth Day 2019 and today marks the conclusion of Earth Month. The first Earth Day was back in 1970. 49 years later, we should probably ask ourselves how much progress has been made? Cause to Celebrate According to a recent article about Earth Day in Supermarket News, of late, there has been some good news to celebrate, including: Aldi announced that by 2025, 100% of their packaging, including plastic packaging, will be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Aldi will also reduce packaging material across its entire...Continue Reading...
Fresh Food Sustainability – It’s More Than Field to Fork

Fresh Food Sustainability – It’s More Than Field to Fork

Fresh food sustainability is a far more complex subject that most of us would think. Last week I attended the Trust in Food Symposium which featured viewpoints on fresh food sustainability and food chain integrity from farmers, restaurateurs, food processors and a wealth of NGOs. (In fact, I had no idea there were so many NGOs involved in various aspects of food sustainability.) A representative of the International Food Information Council Foundation presented their recently published 2018 Food and Health Survey. Their research...Continue Reading...
ReFED: Committed to Reducing U.S. Food Waste

ReFED: Committed to Reducing U.S. Food Waste

ReFed is an organization worth knowing. Why? Each year, the United States wastes 63 million tons of food – that’s $218 billion of waste. Forty percent of the food that is produced goes uneaten. An average family throws away 25 percent of groceries they purchase. These are alarming statistics and, worse yet, one in seven Americans suffer from food insecurity, meaning that they don’t have consistent or reliable access to sufficiently affordable and nutritious food. This is a problem we need to solve. Eradicating food waste is widely...Continue Reading...
Perishable Food Waste Cuts Profits & Raises Greenhouse Gases

Perishable Food Waste Cuts Profits & Raises Greenhouse Gases

Did you know that perishable food waste contributes eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions? When we think of fresh food waste and sustainability, oftentimes commentary about the issue focuses on food that is not being used to feed the hungry or wasted food taking up space in landfills. But what happens to waste once it’s in the landfill? Perishable food waste produces greenhouse gases…a lot of greenhouse gases. The Impact of Fresh Food Waste A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, The Climate Impact of the Food in the...Continue Reading...