Currently, there are countless environmental and economic disputes that could be avoided if we reduced our carbon or trash footprints. This necessitates the adoption of sustainable advances in the areas of packaging waste, agricultural technology, food production, and the ocean and seafood industries. Focusing on such aspects will help to improve our environment and optimize the value of our food resources, ensuring commodity sustainability.
The production of the plant, fiber, or animal products with the goal of preserving environmental, social, and economic resources is known as food or commodity sustainability. Overall, the goal is to achieve sustainability while protecting the ecosystem, or else, the Earth would not be able to endure for long. Read on the following technological advancements that may help in achieving sustainability in the commodity industry.
Advance Agriculture and Technology
Agriculture is fundamental to the food we eat, which explains why it requires stringent safeguards to preserve its diversity. With the world’s population rising faster than it has in the past, agricultural productivity must rise in lockstep. Not to mention that fewer people choose to work in agriculture because of low-profit margins and problems such as price fluctuations, in-depth crop cultivation knowledge and climate change.
Because the ultimate goal is to continue producing agriculture while minimizing our environmental footprint at the same time, the number of resources required to supply the growing demand for food must be addressed through sustainable techniques. Farmers can use modern agricultural technology (agtech) advancements to not only prevent erosion, soil degradation, and low crop yields but also to increase the efficiency and efficacy of their farming activities. Precision farming, for example, incorporates advanced technology that analyzes real-time data to digitally pinpoint areas of concern on a field. Overall, these technological advancements increase crop productivity while reducing harvesting time and cost.
In addition, food printing helps in agricultural technology because 3D printing can cut down on labor costs. It prevents fruit from spoiling throughout the long voyage from farm to market. Instead, fruits can be broken down into powdered micronutrients and rehydrated to their original shape at grocery shops using 3D printing, reducing the risk of damage and loss.
Choosing the Right Packaging
Food freshness is protected and preserved by packaging however the materials utilized are not exactly environmentally friendly. In reality, poor packing accounts for more than 60% of our trash output. Plastic packaging is by far the worst material endangering the Earth’s ecology. Its waste causes an $80 billion loss in the global economy every year. The substance also has a significant impact on ocean fauna, claiming the lives of 100 million animals once it reaches the water.
To address this, the food business must adopt a circular economy approach in which materials are used and preserved to their utmost value and time, then reused or recycled and consumed once again. The amount of dangerous trash created can be considerably decreased by discovering various uses and diverse forms of packaging, minimizing the impact on wildlife and the environment. Companies have already developed biodegradable, natural, and intelligent materials as suitable packaging replacements for the sake of sustainability. Corporate cards for beginning companies endorsing this approach had also evolved.
There are additional inventive ways to maintain or extend the freshness of food when it comes to rotting. Intelligent packaging is a concept that helps consumers determine the freshness of produce. A good example is a detection sticker with a color scale indicating the levels of freshness, which makes it easier for consumers to understand.
Distribution and Consumption of Food
Food distribution and consumption face significant challenges contributing to high levels of food waste and misuse. Approximately one-third of all food in the world expires or is lost before it can be consumed. Every year, over 62 million tons of food are thrown out in the United States, resulting in a $218 million loss.
Because of these staggering losses, people are recycling and repurposing discarded food, such as making ketchup from discarded tomatoes. Companies are now taking advantage of trashed but still edible pieces of food and throw away food surpluses in an effort to creatively enhance the world’s food supply and be more sustainable. Firms are turning “ugly” fruits into juices to reduce food waste. Such environmentally-friendly inventions enable producers and consumers to reuse food more easily, increasing the value of seemingly inexpensive produce.
Seafood Produces at a Different Level
Seafood has long been used for human consumption as a major source of protein. It is critical to examine the source of seafood which is the ocean in order to receive the highest quality seafood. The ocean, which is the world’s largest ecosystem, is significant for its richness and ability to produce and provide a wide range of commodities. Human activities, unfortunately, have harmed some of the sea’s resources. Pollution, overfishing, oil drilling and plastic trash have all played a role in the degradation and destruction of 70% of the Earth’s surface.
The diversity of the maritime food business can be preserved and supported by new technologies. Companies have developed gadgets to detect and adapt to climate change, improved fishing gear, products, and materials, changed supply chain processes, and created new fish diets, to name a few examples. By incorporating such developments, environmental difficulties will be avoided while the value of seafood will be maximized and infections and produce loss would be reduced. With the rise of online sales, supply chain operations have the potential to improve. Finally, new feeds composed of non-fish materials are being created to feed farmed fish in a sustainable manner, especially since existing fish feeds are already pricey.
The globe must cut its carbon footprint in order to protect the economy. Fortunately, cutting-edge technology has progressed and will continue to do so in the future, advancing the sustainability movement. When better solutions emerge and are broadly applied by food producers, distributors, and consumers, significantly less food, resources, and output will go to waste. Food sustainability may minimize waste, carbon emissions, time and money while conserving the natural environment and human health by focusing on packaging, agriculture, the ocean and seafood industry, and food distribution.