From factories to farming and indeed factory farming, producing enough for us all to eat and drink has a huge impact on the planet, says Anna Turns for Food. This is written in an article published by Matters Live. Food production accounts for more than a quarter (26%) of global greenhouse gas emissions and involves many complex supply chains.
But now great progress is being made from plot to plate, writes Anna Turns. Some companies are reusing release materials, while others are greening their financial strategies. Gradually, more food companies are starting to move towards more circular and lean models to transform the environmental impact of their systems.
Turns spoke to industry experts to find the 10 most promising food and beverage sustainability trends for 2023. Here’s an overview of the trends she discusses in her article:
1. Upcycled Foods: More and more brands are using raw materials previously considered waste to create innovative foods.
2. Low-impact cooking: Energy-efficient cookware and appliances are becoming increasingly popular, promoting sustainable cooking habits.
3. Sustainable crops: There is increasing focus on incorporating diverse and sustainable ingredients into food to enhance food security and reduce environmental impact.
4. Farming for Nature: Regenerative farming practices, which focus on having a positive impact on the environment and biodiversity, are gaining traction.
5. Eco-labels: Front-of-pack environmental food labels are evolving to provide consumers with information about the environmental impact of food products.
6. Greener food finance: Food and beverage companies are prioritizing sustainability in their financial planning and decision-making processes.
7. Reducing meat and dairy: Supermarkets and retailers are looking for ways to reduce meat and dairy consumption and promote more sustainable protein choices.
8. The end of greenwashing: Companies are cracking down on misleading environmental claims and focusing on true sustainability efforts.
9. Creative circular food: Circular design concepts are applied to food, considering not only the packaging but also the raw materials and manufacturing methods.
10. Streamline your supply chain: Food companies are working to streamline their supply chains to reduce waste, energy consumption, and costs.
These trends reflect continued efforts within the food industry to address sustainability challenges and create a more environmentally responsible food system.
sauce: Food Matters Live.Read the full article here
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